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’
    • ‘Not all of the women are alleging any wrong-doing: some of them aren't even complaining about his behaviour.’
    • ‘Critics have poked holes in her arguments, alleging that her renowned depth of knowledge is shockingly shallow.’
    • ‘However Mrs Rodriguez's lawyers do not allege he had any sexual relationship with the singer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In that case, the trial judge curtailed defence cross-examination of a complainant on her alleged false accusation of sexual assault against another man.’
    • ‘Scotland Yard said that its organised crime unit was still investigating a dossier of reports alleging human rights abuses.’
    • ‘We do have an affidavit, a court affidavit involving one of the alleged prostitutes.’
    • ‘In Germany and France, Rambus also took action against Hyundai for alleged patent infringements.’
    • ‘He further claimed compensation for injury to his feelings, alleging that his human rights had been breached.’
    • ‘The report details dozens of blatant civil rights abuses, many alleging inhumane treatment of prisoners at the hands of Department employees.’
    • ‘Today it announced the start of legal action alleging misleading and deceptive conduct.’
    • ‘Some have even pointed fingers at the government, alleging interference in judiciary matters.’
    • ‘Suddenly they started alleging that he was blogging from Manhattan.’
    • ‘He argues persuasively against the prohibitionists who allege that alcohol stokes violence.’
    • ‘The outspoken Sethi has challenged the Deputy Chief Minister, alleging that Patil's men have been demanding Rs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Elected representatives make noise alleging that the quality of work is inferior.’
    • ‘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 '.’
    • ‘Consequently, he brought a small claims action against the firm, alleging breach of contract.’
    • ‘A number of customers have started legal action against the bank over alleged breach of confidentiality.’
    • ‘Tomorrow the Constitution Court will meet to decide whether to dissolve Mr Somchai's People's Power Party for alleged vote-buying.’
    • ‘They emphasised they are not alleging any impropriety has taken place.’
    • ‘In 2006, he resigned as leader of the church after a former male prostitute alleged that they had sex.’
    • ‘Where they're wrong is in alleging that these rules have been unquestioned by the media up until now.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The case under consideration involved an alleged terrorist conspiracy to murder in relation to which both countries would claim extra-territorial jurisdiction.’
    • ‘Local eyewitnesses dispute the claim, and allege that only children were in the streets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The statement of claim alleges that the gun was unregistered and had no trigger lock.’
    • ‘The first charge is quite clear and I advise the Court that the particulars in that charge allege or constitute a war crime.’
    • ‘The Court of Appeal allowed the beneficiaries to amend their claim to allege dishonesty.’
    • ‘A single strand of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne's hair was found on the sweatshirt of her alleged killer, a court heard yesterday.’
    • ‘These stories are alleging that they were secretly actually funded by lobbyists.’
    • ‘The offences are alleged to have occurred on September 10 this year.’
    • ‘At least two residents have approached The Tribune, alleging partisan behaviour.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, police announced that they had captured Bank Global employee Steven, who was wanted for attempting to destroy documentation connected to the alleged fraud.’
    • ‘He also alleged that Condron had bit him on the fingers in the attack.’
    • ‘The alleged bribes were channelled through a number of companies set up for the purpose.’
    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/