Definition of allege in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈlej/


[reporting verb]
1Claim or assert that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically without proof that this is the case: [with clause]: he alleged that he had been assaulted [with object and infinitive]: the offenses are alleged to have been committed outside the woman’s home he is alleged to have assaulted five men
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  • Tomorrow the Constitution Court will meet to decide whether to dissolve Mr Somchai's People's Power Party for alleged vote-buying.
  • A potential Labour backbench revolt over the Government's plans for faith schools was delayed last night by a Commons row over alleged vote-rigging.
  • A single strand of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne's hair was found on the sweatshirt of her alleged killer, a court heard yesterday.
claim, assert, charge, accuse, declare, state, contend, argue, affirm, maintain, attest, testify, swear
formal aver
1.1 (usually be alleged) Suppose or affirm to be the case: the first artifact ever alleged to be from Earhart’s aircraft
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  • His only witness had a similar loss of memory about the details of the alleged confrontation.
  • The case against Krekar is built largely on the testimony of two young men alleged to be members of Ansar al-Islam.
  • Zimbabwe's opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, today said he would return home this weekend despite alleged assassination threats from the Mugabe regime.


Middle English (in the sense 'declare on oath'): from Old French esligier, based on Latin lis, lit- 'lawsuit'; confused in sense with Latin allegare 'allege'.

Words that rhyme with allege

dredge, edge, fledge, hedge, kedge, ledge, pledge, reg, sedge, sledge, veg, wedge

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Syllabification: al·lege

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