Definition of allege
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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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?
Recent Examples of allege from the Web
The Electronic Privacy Information Center’s July 3 lawsuit alleges that, if fulfilled, the request and the commission’s shoddy data practices would amount to a massive breach of privacy.
In one of the latest payout cases, lawyers for Patassa Johnson, who alleges she was viciously beaten by Chicago Police Sgt.
The ACLU alleges in court documents that the ICE arrested and held Lopez-Aguilar without cause, in violation of the Fourth Amendment.
Songkick's long-running lawsuit against the ticketing giant alleges antitrust violations, anticompetitive behavior and intentional interference with smaller firms.
Over two separate time periods, the Justice Department alleges DHID did more than $11 million worth of deals on KKBC’s behalf.
In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Miami, plaintiff Scott Becker, 47, alleges American negligently failed to provide a safe flight, and failed to ensure the aircraft was properly maintained.
The suit alleges Freeze ramped up his misinformation campaign after Ole Miss received its initial Notice of Allegations in late January of 2016, a week before a big recruiting weekend.
In a civil forfeiture case prosecuted by Bharara's office, the Justice Department alleged that Prevezon had helped launder money tied to a $230 million corruption scheme exposed by Magnitsky by parking it in New York real estate and bank accounts.
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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 and Etymology 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 centurySee Words from the same year
ALLEGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of allege for English Language Learners
: to state without definite proof that someone has done something wrong or illegal
ALLEGE Defined for Kids
Definition of allege for Students
: to state as fact but without proof
Origin and Etymology 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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