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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.
Contemporary Examples

I should think that would certainly be the case if Romney paid no taxes for 10 years, as Reid alleges.
Not Harry Reid’s Finest Hour Michael Tomasky August 2, 2012

Huthart alleges that these stories derived from accessing her voice messages.
More Trouble for Rupert Murdoch? Peter Jukes June 17, 2013

Smith also alleges that Chen was constantly surrounded by minders who controlled his schedule and refused to leave his side.
After a Tense Year, NYU and Chen Guangcheng Part Ways Josh Rogin July 8, 2013

Ferozi alleges that the contractor was largely paid upfront before the work was completed, raising the specter of kickbacks.
Afghanistan’s Million Dollar Minister Ron Moreau, Sami Yousafzai September 7, 2013

Walmart alleges that the group is union-sponsored and is violating union-organizing rules.
The Black Thursday Backlash Matthew Zeitlin November 20, 2012

Historical Examples

She alleges that the sameness of language, of manners, of appearance, renders it impossible to distinguish us from her subjects.
Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson

“You have confessed to the truth of what she alleges,” said my father.
Ranald Bannerman’s Boyhood George MacDonald

He cites nine or ten instances of this kind, which, as he alleges, were neither additions nor interpolations.
Insula Sanctorum et Doctorum John Healy

Morabin says that there is no proof of this, and alleges that Brutus did it for stage effect.
The Life of Cicero Anthony Trollope

He died unmarried, though Lady Cowper alleges “he has eight Wives.”
Lavengro George Borrow

verb (transitive; may take a clause as object)
to declare in or as if in a court of law; state without or before proof: he alleged malpractice
to put forward (an argument or plea) for or against an accusation, claim, etc
(archaic) to cite or quote, as to confirm

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.


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