From Middle English aleggen, borrowed from Anglo-Norman aleger, the form from Old French esligier (“to acquit”), 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.
- (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: 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 […].
- John A. Simpson and Edward S. C. Weiner, editors (1989) , “allege”, in The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, →ISBN
- allege in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- allege in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.