- [razones/motivos/causas] las razones que alegó para justificar su ausencia the reasons he cited o/or put forward to justify his absence alegó que no oyó el despertador she claimed not to have heard the alarm clock rechazó el trago, alegando su embarazo she refused the drink on the grounds that she was pregnant
- 1.1 (América Latina/Latin America) (discutir) to argue alegar
dealgo to argue aboutsth se pasaron toda la noche alegando de política they spent the whole night arguing about politics alegar conalgn to argue o/or quarrel withsb 1.2 (América Latina/Latin America) (protestar) to complain, to gripe [familiar/colloquial], to moan (inglés británico/British English) [familiar/colloquial] no alegue tanto y póngase a trabajar stop griping and get on with some work le dieron todo lo que pidió, alega por alegar he was given everything he asked for: he's complaining for the sake of it alegar poralgo to complain aboutsth
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The Basque autonomous police force is called Ertzaintza. Its members, called ertzainas, wear a uniform of red sweaters and berets, and white jackets. Despite the Ertzaintza's wide range of responsibilities, the Guardia Civil and Policía Nacional still operate in the Basque Country.