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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Allege \Al*lege"\ ([a^]l*l[e^]j"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Alleged (-l[e^]jd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Alleging.] [OE. aleggen to bring forward as evidence, OF. esligier to buy, prop. to free from legal difficulties, fr. an assumed LL. exlitigare; L. ex + litigare to quarrel, sue (see Litigate). The word was confused with L. allegare (see Allegation), and lex law. Cf. Allay.] 1. To bring forward with positiveness; to declare; to affirm; to assert; as, to allege a fact. [1913 Webster] 2. To cite or quote; as, to allege the authority of a judge. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] 3. To produce or urge as a reason, plea, or excuse; as, he refused to lend, alleging a resolution against lending. [1913 Webster] Syn: To bring forward; adduce; advance; assign; produce; declare; affirm; assert; aver; predicate. [1913 Webster]