allege

verb al·lege \ ə-ˈlej \

Definition of allege

alleged; alleging
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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Examples of allege in a Sentence

  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?

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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


ALLEGE Defined for English Language Learners

allege

verb

Definition of allege for English Language Learners

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


ALLEGE Defined for Kids

allege

verb al·lege \ ə-ˈlej \

Definition of allege for Students

alleged; alleging
:to state as fact but without proof

Law Dictionary

allege

transitive verb al·lege \ ə-ˈlej \

legal Definition of allege

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

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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