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’
    • ‘The applicants allege that there is insufficient evidence to show that a charge of forgery could be laid.’
    • ‘But to dismiss what he now alleges is to ignore the overwhelming evidence that what he says is true.’
    • ‘Consequently, he brought a small claims action against the firm, alleging breach of contract.’
    • ‘Scotland Yard said that its organised crime unit was still investigating a dossier of reports alleging human rights abuses.’
    • ‘Where they're wrong is in alleging that these rules have been unquestioned by the media up until now.’
    • ‘Some have even pointed fingers at the government, alleging interference in judiciary matters.’
    • ‘The first charge is quite clear and I advise the Court that the particulars in that charge allege or constitute a war crime.’
    • ‘He further claimed compensation for injury to his feelings, alleging that his human rights had been breached.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At least two residents have approached The Tribune, alleging partisan behaviour.’
    • ‘Today it announced the start of legal action alleging misleading and deceptive conduct.’
    • ‘The Court of Appeal allowed the beneficiaries to amend their claim to allege dishonesty.’
    • ‘Suddenly they started alleging that he was blogging from Manhattan.’
    • ‘He argues persuasively against the prohibitionists who allege that alcohol stokes violence.’
    • ‘The statement of claim alleges that the gun was unregistered and had no trigger lock.’
    • ‘Critics have poked holes in her arguments, alleging that her renowned depth of knowledge is shockingly shallow.’
    • ‘They emphasised they are not alleging any impropriety has taken place.’
    • ‘Elected representatives make noise alleging that the quality of work is inferior.’
    • ‘Local eyewitnesses dispute the claim, and allege that only children were in the streets.’
    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
    depose, represent
    make out
    asseverate
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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/