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
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?
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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