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
But more than a quarter of 42 families interviewed for this story alleged their children were harmed in foster care.
In January, a patient filed a medical malpractice lawsuit in Miami-Dade circuit court alleging that Omulepu permanently disfigured her during two cosmetic surgeries in 2015 — a breast augmentation and a revision.
In February, Waymo sued Uber alleging that Levandowski stole trade secrets and patents from Waymo for the development of self-driving technology and brought them to Uber.
The judge also won’t allow the defense to introduce details about Castile’s alleged past marijuana use or his arrest and driving record, but if testimony addresses those issues, the defense can ask the judge to reconsider. ___
The family of 20-year-old Morgan Angerbauer, who was diabetic, alleges in its lawsuit that a nurse failed to test her blood sugar and then gave Angerbauer the wrong medical treatment.
A 33-year-old woman has sued the gas station and the maker of the sauce, alleging negligence in the manufacturing, distribution and sale of the product.
Jessica Gomez alleges Jelly Belly encouraged her to purchase its Sports Beans by promoting them as an energy source for athletes.
Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook appears on CNN to allege that Russian hackers leaked the DNC emails in order to help the campaign of her opponent, Donald Trump.
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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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