- This verb has no known third or fourth principal parts, and so has an incomplete conjugation.
|Conjugation of aveo (second conjugation, defective, active only)|
From Bréal and Bailly:
Aveo is one of those verbs that has a meaning difficult to precisely define. This is due to numerous semantic shifts that have occurred regarding it. Nevertheless, its original meaning is seemingly "to be alert, to be happy", from whence came the later meaning "to be hungry, to desire".
The rhetorician Claudius Mamertinus, who was once hailed with the words "Ave, consul amplissime," by Emperor Julian, responded to him "Aveo plane Imperator et avebo… cum is avere iubeat, qui iam fecit, ut averem."
The most common meaning of aveo is "to desire", but the adjectival form "avidus" initially meant "who likes to, that which is ported to". Thus the transition to the "hungry, eager" sense was relatively simple. Lucretius employs the adjective "avidus" and the adverb "aveo" in the sense of "large, abundant", reflecting the original use of aveo.
- Only attested forms are the present active infinitive, avēre, and the imperatives avē, avēte and avētō.