- (obsolete) To lighten, diminish.
1485 July 31, Thomas Malory, “(please specify the chapter)”, in [Le Morte Darthur], (please specify the book number), [London]: Enprynted and fynysshed in thabbey Westmestre [by William Caxton], OCLC 71490786; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur by Syr Thomas Malory; the Original Edition of William Caxton Now Reprinted and Edited with an Introduction and Glossary by H. Oskar Sommer, Ph.D.; with an Essay on Malory’s Prose Style by Andrew Lang, London: Published by David Nutt, in the Strand, 1889, OCLC 890162034:, Bk.V:
- 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 […].
From Middle English aleggen, borrowed from Anglo-Norman aleger, the form from Old French esligier, from Medieval Latin *exlītigāre (“to clear at law”), from Latin ex (“out”) + lītigō (“sue at law”), the meaning from Old French alleguer, from Latin allēgāre, present active infinitive of allēgō (“send, depute; relate, mention, adduce”), from ad (“to”) + lēgō (“send”).
- (obsolete, transitive) To state under oath, to plead.
- (archaic) To cite or quote an author or his work for or against.
- (transitive) To adduce (something) as a reason, excuse, support etc.
- (transitive) To make a claim as justification or proof; to make an assertion without proof.
The agency alleged my credit history had problems.
- “allege” in John A. Simpson and Edward S. C. Weiner, editors, The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989, →ISBN.
- allege in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- allege in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911