allege
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /əˈlɛdʒ/
Verb

allege (alleges, present participle alleging; past and past participle alleged)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To state under oath, to plead.
  2. (archaic) To cite or quote an author or his work for or against.
  3. (transitive) To adduce (something) as a reason, excuse, support etc.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 39, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book I, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      I will further alleage a storie […] to make us palpably feele his naturall condition.
  4. (transitive) To make a claim as justification or proof; to make an assertion without proof.
    The agency alleged my credit history had problems.
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allege (alleges, present participle alleging; past and past participle alleged)

  1. (obsolete) To lighten, diminish.
    • a. 1472, Thomas Malory, “(please specify the chapter)”, in [Le Morte Darthur], book V, [London: […] by William Caxton], published 31 July 1485, OCLC 71490786 ↗; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur […], London: Published by David Nutt, […], 1889, OCLC 890162034 ↗:
      and suffir never your soveraynté to be alledged with your subjects, nother the soveraygne of your persone and londys.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.ii:
      Hart that is inly hurt, is greatly eased / With hope of thing, that may allegge his smart […].



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