allege


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al·lege

 (ə-lĕj′)
tr.v. al·leged, al·leg·ing, al·leg·es
1. To assert to be true; affirm: alleging his innocence of the charge.
2. To assert prior to a final determination: The indictment alleges that the commissioner took bribes.
3. To state (a plea or excuse, for example) in support or denial of a claim or accusation: The defendant alleges temporary insanity.
4. Archaic To bring forward as an authority.

[Middle English alleggen, from Old French alegier, to vindicate, justify (influenced by aleguer, to give a reason), from esligier, to pay a fine, justify oneself, from Late Latin *exlītigāre, to clear at law : Latin ex-, out; see ex- + Latin lītigāre, to sue; see litigate.]

al·lege′a·ble adj.
al·leg′er n.

allege

(əˈlɛdʒ)
vb (tr; may take a clause as object)
1. to declare in or as if in a court of law; state without or before proof: he alleged malpractice.
2. to put forward (an argument or plea) for or against an accusation, claim, etc
3. archaic to cite or quote, as to confirm
[C14 aleggen, ultimately from Latin allēgāre to dispatch on a mission, from lēx law]

al•lege

(əˈlɛdʒ)

v.t. -leged, -leg•ing.
1. to assert without proof.
2. to declare with positiveness; affirm; assert.
3. to declare before a court or elsewhere as if under oath.
4. to offer as a reason or excuse.
5. Archaic. to cite as confirmation.
[1275–1325; Middle English alleg(g)en, probably < Old French aleguer (< Medieval Latin, Latin allēgāre to adduce in support of a plea)]
al•lege′a•ble, adj.
al•leg′er, n.

allege


Past participle: alleged
Gerund: alleging

Imperative
allege
allege
Present
I allege
you allege
he/she/it alleges
we allege
you allege
they allege
Preterite
I alleged
you alleged
he/she/it alleged
we alleged
you alleged
they alleged
Present Continuous
I am alleging
you are alleging
he/she/it is alleging
we are alleging
you are alleging
they are alleging
Present Perfect
I have alleged
you have alleged
he/she/it has alleged
we have alleged
you have alleged
they have alleged
Past Continuous
I was alleging
you were alleging
he/she/it was alleging
we were alleging
you were alleging
they were alleging
Past Perfect
I had alleged
you had alleged
he/she/it had alleged
we had alleged
you had alleged
they had alleged
Future
I will allege
you will allege
he/she/it will allege
we will allege
you will allege
they will allege
Future Perfect
I will have alleged
you will have alleged
he/she/it will have alleged
we will have alleged
you will have alleged
they will have alleged
Future Continuous
I will be alleging
you will be alleging
he/she/it will be alleging
we will be alleging
you will be alleging
they will be alleging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been alleging
you have been alleging
he/she/it has been alleging
we have been alleging
you have been alleging
they have been alleging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been alleging
you will have been alleging
he/she/it will have been alleging
we will have been alleging
you will have been alleging
they will have been alleging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been alleging
you had been alleging
he/she/it had been alleging
we had been alleging
you had been alleging
they had been alleging
Conditional
I would allege
you would allege
he/she/it would allege
we would allege
you would allege
they would allege
Past Conditional
I would have alleged
you would have alleged
he/she/it would have alleged
we would have alleged
you would have alleged
they would have alleged
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.allege - report or maintainallege - report or maintain; "He alleged that he was the victim of a crime"; "He said it was too late to intervene in the war"; "The registrar says that I owe the school money"
plead - make an allegation in an action or other legal proceeding, especially answer the previous pleading of the other party by denying facts therein stated or by alleging new facts
assert, asseverate, maintain - state categorically

allege

verb claim, hold, charge, challenge, state, maintain, advance, declare, assert, uphold, put forward, affirm, profess, depose, avow, aver, asseverate The accused is alleged to have killed a man.
deny, oppose, contradict, renounce, refute, repudiate, disavow, disclaim, gainsay (archaic or literary), abjure

allege

verb
1. To put into words positively and with conviction:
Idiom: have it.
2. Archaic. To bring forward for formal consideration:
Translations
يَدَّعي، يَتَدَرَّع بِ
prohlásitvypovědět
hævdepåstå
väittäävannoavedota
staîhæfa
nepagrįstai tvirtintinepagrįstas tvirtinimasteigti
apgalvot
vypovedať
trditi
iddia etmekileri sürmek

allege

[əˈledʒ] VT
1. (with verb/clause) → afirmar (that que) she is alleged to have stolen money from a cash boxse afirma que robó dinero del que había en una caja
he is alleged to be wealthysegún se dice es rico
he is alleged to be the leadersegún se dice él es el jefe
2. (with noun) → alegar
he absented himself alleging illnessse ausentó alegando estar enfermo

allege

[əˈlɛdʒ] vt
to allege that ... → prétendre que ...
he is alleged to have said ... → il aurait dit ...
He is alleged to have killed her → Il l'aurait tuée.

allege

vtbehaupten; the remarks alleged to have been made by himdie Bemerkungen, die er gemacht haben soll or angeblich gemacht hat; he is alleged to have said that …er soll angeblich gesagt haben, dass …

allege

[əˈlɛdʒ] vtasserire, dichiarare
he is alleged to have said ... → avrebbe detto che...

allege

(əˈledʒ) verb
to say, especially in making a legal statement, without giving proof. He alleged that I had been with the accused on the night of the murder.
allegation (ӕliˈgeiʃən) noun
References in classic literature ?
Indeed, certain of the most authentic historians of those parts, who have been careful in collecting and collating the floating facts concerning this spectre, allege that the body of the trooper having been buried in the churchyard, the ghost rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head, and that the rushing speed with which he sometimes passes along the Hollow, like a midnight blast, is owing to his being belated, and in a hurry to get back to the churchyard before daybreak.
Rochester in the shadowy orchard; but I could not find a reason to allege for leaving him.
It seems to be your opinion, that the very office of an antiquary, employed in grave, and, as the vulgar will sometimes allege, in toilsome and minute research, must be considered as incapacitating him from successfully compounding a tale of this sort.
The accused merchant saw by this time that his condemnation was certain, and tried to allege something in his defence.
Thus also, those ancient cities which, from being at first only villages, have become, in course of time, large towns, are usually but ill laid out compared with the regularity constructed towns which a professional architect has freely planned on an open plain; so that although the several buildings of the former may often equal or surpass in beauty those of the latter, yet when one observes their indiscriminate juxtaposition, there a large one and here a small, and the consequent crookedness and irregularity of the streets, one is disposed to allege that chance rather than any human will guided by reason must have led to such an arrangement.
And when you accuse me of corrupting and deteriorating the youth, do you allege that I corrupt them intentionally or unintentionally?
The claim to Comedy is put forward by the Megarians,--not only by those of Greece proper, who allege that it originated under their democracy, but also by the Megarians of Sicily, for the poet Epicharmus, who is much earlier than Chionides and Magnes, belonged to that country.
And if another should allege the pledge which the king had given to the Pope that he would assist him in the enterprise, in exchange for the dissolution of his marriage[*] and for the cap to Rouen,[+] to that I reply what I shall write later on concerning the faith of princes, and how it ought to be kept.
The fact of the being of a man carries with it the truth of the proposition that he is, and the implication is reciprocal: for if a man is, the proposition wherein we allege that he is true, and conversely, if the proposition wherein we allege that he is true, then he is.
True it is that this young country girl might allege as her excuse the agitation into which the king seemed to be thrown, for Mademoiselle de la Valliere, busily engaged in closing the door, had involuntarily fixed her eyes upon the king, who, as he retired backwards, had his face towards it.
It has been insinuated that they were prompted to these outrages by the British merchants, who wished to keep off all rivals in the Indian trade; but others allege another motive, and one savoring of a deeper policy.
A man can scarce allege his own merits with modesty, much less extol them; a man cannot sometimes brook to supplicate or beg; and a number of the like.