Definition of allege in English:

allege

verb

reporting verb
  • Claim or assert that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically without proof.

    with clause ‘he alleged that he had been assaulted’
    with object and infinitive ‘he is alleged to have assaulted five men’
    • ‘Where they're wrong is in alleging that these rules have been unquestioned by the media up until now.’
    • ‘The statement of claim alleges that the gun was unregistered and had no trigger lock.’
    • ‘Local eyewitnesses dispute the claim, and allege that only children were in the streets.’
    • ‘The Court of Appeal allowed the beneficiaries to amend their claim to allege dishonesty.’
    • ‘Today it announced the start of legal action alleging misleading and deceptive conduct.’
    • ‘Elected representatives make noise alleging that the quality of work is inferior.’
    • ‘He further claimed compensation for injury to his feelings, alleging that his human rights had been breached.’
    • ‘The first charge is quite clear and I advise the Court that the particulars in that charge allege or constitute a war crime.’
    • ‘But to dismiss what he now alleges is to ignore the overwhelming evidence that what he says is true.’
    • ‘He argues persuasively against the prohibitionists who allege that alcohol stokes violence.’
    • ‘Consequently, he brought a small claims action against the firm, alleging breach of contract.’
    • ‘The applicants allege that there is insufficient evidence to show that a charge of forgery could be laid.’
    • ‘They emphasised they are not alleging any impropriety has taken place.’
    • ‘Scotland Yard said that its organised crime unit was still investigating a dossier of reports alleging human rights abuses.’
    • ‘Not all of the women are alleging any wrong-doing: some of them aren't even complaining about his behaviour.’
    • ‘These stories are alleging that they were secretly actually funded by lobbyists.’
    • ‘Some have even pointed fingers at the government, alleging interference in judiciary matters.’
    • ‘Critics have poked holes in her arguments, alleging that her renowned depth of knowledge is shockingly shallow.’
    • ‘Suddenly they started alleging that he was blogging from Manhattan.’
    • ‘At least two residents have approached The Tribune, alleging partisan behaviour.’
    claim, assert, declare, state, proclaim, maintain, advance, contend, argue, affirm, aver, avow, attest, testify, swear, certify, give evidence, bear witness, charge, accuse, suggest, imply, hint, insinuate, indicate, intimate, impute, plead, pretend, profess
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Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘declare on oath’): from Old French esligier, based on Latin lis, lit- ‘lawsuit’; confused in sense with Latin allegare ‘allege’.

Pronunciation

allege

/əˈlɛdʒ/