Claim or assert that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically without proof: [with clause]: he alleged that he had been assaulted [with object and infinitive]: he is alleged to have assaulted five men
More example sentences
- Where they're wrong is in alleging that these rules have been unquestioned by the media up until now.
- The statement of claim alleges that the gun was unregistered and had no trigger lock.
- Local eyewitnesses dispute the claim, and allege that only children were in the streets.
claim, assert, declare, state, proclaim, maintain, advance, contend, argue, affirm, aver, avow, attest, testify, swear, certify, give evidence, bear witness, charge, accuse, suggest, imply, hint, insinuate, indicate, intimate, impute, plead, pretend, profess
informal make out
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'.