- to assert without proof.
- to declare with positiveness; affirm; assert: to allege a fact.
- to declare before a court or elsewhere, as if under oath.
- to plead in support of; offer as a reason or excuse.
- Archaic. to cite or quote in confirmation.
Origin of allege
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Examples from the Web for allege
They also allege their children are not in fact siblings, despite having been told they were.Judge: Rehoming Kids Is Trafficking
December 30, 2014
Army officials also allege that he worked for ethnic rebels as a “communications captain.”Hope and Change? Burma Kills a Journalist Before Obama Arrives
November 11, 2014
Tihen did allege that Davis had punched White in the nose at the start of the struggle.From Ferguson Cop Embroiled in a Brutality Suit to City Councilwoman
August 20, 2014
And what do you allege that Mr. Davis did unlawfully in this one?The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody Lie
August 15, 2014
So she made changes that have transformed the Times online; is that what her critics mean when they allege she was disruptive?The Hypocrisy Behind The New York Times’s Abrupt Decapitation of Jill Abramson
May 18, 2014
But, if I do not ask, they may allege, that my not going is owing to myself.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
I was deceived: Whatever I might allege, the prohibition remained.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
The Germans allege that they captured it after strenuous fighting.
We allege nothing of which we cannot furnish recent examples.The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)
Henry Martyn Baird
The mere assertion of what he meant to allege must at least delay this hateful marriage.Tristram of Blent
- to declare in or as if in a court of law; state without or before proofhe alleged malpractice
- to put forward (an argument or plea) for or against an accusation, claim, etc
- archaic to cite or quote, as to confirm
Word Origin and History for allege
c.1300. It has the form of one French verb and the meaning of another. The form is Anglo-French aleger, Old French eslegier "to clear at law," from Latin ex- "out of" (see ex-) and litigare "bring suit" (see litigate); however eslegier meant "acquit, clear of charges in a lawsuit." It somehow acquired the meaning of French alléguer, from Latin allegare "send for, bring forth, name, produce in evidence," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + legare "to depute, send" (see legate). Related: Alleged; alleging.