Definition of allege
- 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.
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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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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.
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