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allege

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verb al·lege \ə-ˈlej\

Simple Definition of allege

  • : to state without definite proof that someone has done something wrong or illegal

Full Definition of allege

al·legedal·leg·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to adduce or bring forward as a source or authority

  3. 2 :  to assert without proof or before proving <the newspaper alleges the mayor's guilt>

  4. 3 :  to bring forward as a reason or excuse

Examples of allege

  1. He alleged that the mayor has accepted bribes.

  2. The mayor is alleged to have accepted bribes.

  3. You allege that she stole a large quantity of money. Do you have any proof?



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



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