Definition of allege in English:


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reporting verb
  • 1Claim or assert that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically without proof that this is the case.

    with clause ‘he alleged that he had been assaulted’
    • ‘he is alleged to have assaulted five men’
    • ‘the offenses are alleged to have been committed outside the woman's home’
    • ‘Tomorrow the Constitution Court will meet to decide whether to dissolve Mr Somchai's People's Power Party for alleged vote-buying.’
    • ‘A potential Labour backbench revolt over the Government's plans for faith schools was delayed last night by a Commons row over alleged vote-rigging.’
    • ‘A single strand of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne's hair was found on the sweatshirt of her alleged killer, a court heard yesterday.’
    • ‘A number of customers have started legal action against the bank over alleged breach of confidentiality.’
    • ‘In that case, the trial judge curtailed defence cross-examination of a complainant on her alleged false accusation of sexual assault against another man.’
    • ‘In Germany and France, Rambus also took action against Hyundai for alleged patent infringements.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, police announced that they had captured Bank Global employee Steven, who was wanted for attempting to destroy documentation connected to the alleged fraud.’
    • ‘Nor is it alleged that the repayment of the loan was for fraudulent or improper purposes.’
    • ‘There can be circumstances where the open airing of suspicions may infringe the reasonable right to privacy of someone alleged to have ' broken the rules '.’
    • ‘However the actual dishonesty alleged relates to Mr Sage's claim that he had always had a recollection of using the words at the meeting.’
    • ‘Cicek reportedly attempted to justify police excesses by referring to alleged abuses in Europe, even citing Ireland's rejection of the EU constitution in a referendum last June.’
    • ‘In 2006, he resigned as leader of the church after a former male prostitute alleged that they had sex.’
    • ‘However Mrs Rodriguez's lawyers do not allege he had any sexual relationship with the singer.’
    • ‘The report details dozens of blatant civil rights abuses, many alleging inhumane treatment of prisoners at the hands of Department employees.’
    • ‘The case under consideration involved an alleged terrorist conspiracy to murder in relation to which both countries would claim extra-territorial jurisdiction.’
    • ‘The offences are alleged to have occurred on September 10 this year.’
    • ‘The alleged bribes were channelled through a number of companies set up for the purpose.’
    • ‘We do have an affidavit, a court affidavit involving one of the alleged prostitutes.’
    • ‘The outspoken Sethi has challenged the Deputy Chief Minister, alleging that Patil's men have been demanding Rs.’
    • ‘He also alleged that Condron had bit him on the fingers in the attack.’
    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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    1. 1.1usually be allegedSuppose or affirm to be the case.
      ‘the first artifact ever alleged to be from Earhart's aircraft’
      • ‘His only witness had a similar loss of memory about the details of the alleged confrontation.’
      • ‘The case against Krekar is built largely on the testimony of two young men alleged to be members of Ansar al-Islam.’
      • ‘Zimbabwe's opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, today said he would return home this weekend despite alleged assassination threats from the Mugabe regime.’
      • ‘Traffic on the laneway was also being impeded, he alleged.’
      • ‘Romanists, in their attempts to prove infallibility, commonly begin by alleging the necessity of an infallible authority in matters of faith.’
      • ‘Last night more than 2,000 police officers faced angry groups of people frustrated with high unemployment and alleged discrimination.’
      • ‘Finally, at the conference, there were even intimations that some attendees believed that many alleged victims were not actually victims at all.’
      • ‘Two brothers, engineers Mike and MarK Tanner, are facing trial for alleged links to Khan's nuclear smuggling network.’
      • ‘He couches his displeasure as an objection to the Pope's alleged desire to wage war on modern liberal democracy.’
      • ‘His injuries and alleged lack of desire to play have forced him to suit up for four different teams in the last five years.’
      • ‘But they allege authorities failed to deal properly with predictable psychiatric and psychological consequences.’
      • ‘Every time he is investigated, his followers allege, it is for criminal purposes, not to test the scientific validity of his tonic.’
      • ‘Blogging's comparative advantage has nothing to do with the alleged superior skills of bloggers or their higher intelligence.’
      • ‘The spokeswoman said full details of the charges, which relate to an alleged incident in Sierra Leone, were not yet known.’
      • ‘The complainants were 14-24 years of age at the time of the alleged incidents, which ranged from sexual touching to rape.’
      • ‘Dr. Wurster, the alleged orator, is now retired.’
      • ‘About a year ago an alleged rape victim was interviewed on television.’
      • ‘An alleged veteran is having his memory refreshed about an alleged atrocity he was having trouble recalling.’
      • ‘Indeed, this focus on the alleged "political divisiveness" surrounding religion is a leading theme in his recent church-state opinions.’



/əˈlej/ /əˈlɛdʒ/


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’.