allege

verb
al·​lege | \ ə-ˈlej How to pronounce allege (audio) \
alleged; alleging

Definition of allege

transitive verb

1 : to assert without proof or before proving a report alleging that the company deliberately overcharged its customers She is alleged to have stolen more than $50,000 over the course of several years.
2 : to bring forward as a reason or excuse
3 archaic : to adduce or bring forward as a source or authority

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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.

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?
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The prosecutor alleges that Lopez, upon waking to find the condo ablaze around 3:15 a.m., went past the children’s bedrooms on his way down the stairs and punched out a first-floor window to try to escapethe flames. Pomerado News, "Father convicted for Rancho Bernardo fire that killed two children," 16 Sep. 2019 As a result, the plaintiffs filed another complaint with the civil rights commission and EEOC, this time alleging retaliation. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Black Cleveland EMS captains say commissioner, city discriminates when scheduling shifts," 12 Sep. 2019 An all-white jury in Genesee County awarded $11.4 million Monday to two black Corrections Department workers in a case alleging racial discrimination and retaliation. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Jury awards husband and wife prison employees $11.4M in racial discrimination case," 9 Sep. 2019 Inmates and their families filed a class action lawsuit, Parsons v. Ryan, against the Arizona Department of Corrections in 2012, alleging inadequate medical, health and dental care. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Inmate attorneys ask feds to take control of Arizona's prison healthcare system," 6 Sep. 2019 In the documents were greater details alleging Reader was fueling a gambling habit using money seized by his office. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Auditor's report on Pike County Sheriff: Gambling, seized cash and impounded vehicles," 3 Sep. 2019 The store also alleges that Tesla did not ground its solar or electrical systems properly, and the lawsuit also reports that the panels had defects visible to the naked eye. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Walmart Is Suing Tesla, Claiming Its Solar Panels Sparked Multiple Store Fires," 22 Aug. 2019 The commission alleged Ruderman misappropriated $35 million on spending that included a vacation to Greece, a Mercedes-Benz and a personal chef. Marcia Heroux Pounds, sun-sentinel.com, "Victims of cash-advance firm’s alleged securities fraud stand to recover $100 million," 17 Sep. 2019 Then, several days later, fellow gamer Wes Copeland alleged via Twitter that the champion had inflated his score by patching together his win from a series of separate games, per Ars Technica. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "One Man's Long, Ruthless Fight to Keep His Donkey Kong High Score," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of allege

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for 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

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allege

verb

English Language Learners Definition of allege

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

allege

verb
al·​lege | \ ə-ˈlej How to pronounce allege (audio) \
alleged; alleging

Kids Definition of allege

: to state as fact but without proof
al·​lege | \ ə-ˈlej How to pronounce allege (audio) \
alleged; alleging

Legal Definition of allege

1 : to state without proof or before proving
2 : to state (as a fact) in a pleading : aver

History and Etymology for allege

Old French alegier to alleviate, free, confused with Old French alleguer to allege, from Medieval Latin allegare — see allegata

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