Simple Definition of allege
: to state without definite proof that someone has done something wrong or illegal
Full Definition of allege
1 archaic : to adduce or bring forward as a source or authority
2 : to assert without proof or before proving <the newspaper alleges the mayor's guilt>
3 : to bring forward as a reason or excuse
Examples of allege in a sentence
He alleged that the mayor has accepted bribes.
The mayor is alleged to have accepted bribes.
You allege that she stole a large quantity of money. Do you have any proof?
Did You Know?
These days, someone "alleges" something before presenting the evidence to prove it (or perhaps without evidence at all), but the word actually derives from the Middle English verb alleggen, meaning "to submit (something) in evidence or as justification." Alleggen, in turn, traces back to Anglo-French and probably ultimately to Latin allegare, meaning "to send as a representative" or "to offer as proof in support of a plea." Indeed, allege once referred to the actions of someone who came forward to testify in court; this sense isn't used anymore, but it led to the development of the current "assert without proof" sense.
Origin of allege
Middle English alleggen to submit in evidence or as justification, adduce, from Anglo-French aleger, allegger, probably in part modification of Medieval Latin allegare, from Latin, to send as a representative, adduce in support of a plea (from ad- + legare to depute), in part from Anglo-French aleger to lighten, free, exculpate, from Late Latin alleviare to relieve — more at legate, alleviate
First Known Use: 14th century
ALLEGE Defined for Kids
Definition of allege for Students
: to state as fact but without proof
Origin of allege
Old French alegier to alleviate, free, confused with Old French alleguer to allege, from Medieval Latin allegare — see allegata
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