al·​leged | \ ə-ˈlejd How to pronounce alleged (audio) , -ˈle-jəd How to pronounce alleged (audio) \

Definition of alleged

1 : accused but not proven or convicted an alleged burglar
2 : asserted to be true or to exist an alleged miracle an alleged conspiracy
3 : questionably true or of a specified kind : supposed, so-called bought an alleged antique vase

Other Words from alleged

allegedly \ ə-​ˈle-​jəd-​lē How to pronounce alleged (audio) \ adverb
She allegedly stole the money. [=she is alleged to have stolen the money]

Examples of alleged in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer, a 16-year-old is currently in custody without bail for his alleged role in the Aug. 27 death of Fanta Bility outside Academy Park High School. Chris Harris,, 11 Nov. 2021 Former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III is facing three additional charges, including two felonies, for his alleged role in a fatal car accident Tuesday morning. Jimmy Hascup, USA TODAY, 6 Nov. 2021 She was fired in March 2019 over her alleged role in the scheme. Aya Elamroussi And Liam Reilly, CNN, 6 Nov. 2021 The lawsuit doesn’t specify Alvarado’s alleged role in the beating. ProPublica, 21 Oct. 2021 Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita is suing an Indiana telecommunications company for its alleged role in overseeing more than 4.8 million scam calls to Hoosier telephone numbers. Johnny Magdaleno, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Oct. 2021 Tuesday’s letter marks an expansion of those efforts and builds scrutiny on TikTok’s alleged role in the events, which has drawn less attention than its peers. Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2021 Alexander Tadros was under investigation for his alleged role in a large-scale drug trafficking organization when he was killed by a Portland police officer in August, court documents say. oregonlive, 9 Oct. 2021 Teva has been sued by state and local governments over its alleged role in the opioid crisis, and its stock has been weighed down due to its exposure to litigations. Trefis Team, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'alleged.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of alleged

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for alleged

see allege

Learn More About alleged

Time Traveler for alleged

Time Traveler

The first known use of alleged was in 1509

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near alleged




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for alleged

Last Updated

21 Nov 2021

Cite this Entry

“Alleged.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for alleged


al·​leged | \ ə-ˈlejd, -ˈle-jəd How to pronounce alleged (audio) \

Legal Definition of alleged

1 : asserted to be true especially : stated in an allegation alleged crimes
2 : accused but not yet proven or convicted trial of alleged war criminals— R. G. Neumann


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!