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Definition of the verb allege

What does allege mean as a doing word?

Allege is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: alleged | alleging | alleges

  1. report or maintain
    • examples: He alleged that he was the victim of a crime | They allege that there was a traffic accident
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of allege: aver / say
    • more generic words: assert / asseverate / maintain = state categorically
    • more specific word: plead = make an allegation in an action or other legal proceeding, especially answer the previous pleading of the other party by denying facts therein stated or by alleging new facts

Alternative definition of the verb allege


  1. [obsolete] To lighten, diminish.
  2. [obsolete, transitive] To state under oath, to plead.
  3. [archaic] To cite or quote an author or his work for or against.
  4. [transitive] To adduce (something) as a reason, excuse, support etc.
  5. [transitive] To make a claim as justification or proof; to make an assertion without proof.

Definition of the verb allege for high school students

    to assert, usually without proof
    • example: The policeman had alleged that Marshall committed the crime, but after the investigation turned up no evidence, Marshall was set free.

The verb allege is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for allege

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It must also allege such damages as are recoverable, and if on its ...

Google previewAmerican English Encyclopaedia Law (1888)

— An indictment for embezzlement must allege the value or amount of the money or property embezzled ; 1 but the exact amount need not be specified.3 e. Averments as to Directions for Application of Proceeds.

Google previewA Dictionary of the Practice in Civil Actions (1825)

In the Courts of King's Bench and Common Pleas, with Practical Directions and Forms, Arranged Under Each Title by Thomas Lee

To allege diminution, seems therefore to be the assigning of defects in the record sent or returned from below, for error, and praying a writ to the justices of C. P. e.g. who certified the record before, to certify the whole thereof. On alleging ...

Google previewEncyclopædia metropolitana; or, Universal dictionary of knowledge, ed. by E. Smedley, Hugh J. Rose and Henry J. Rose. [With] Plates (1845)

by Edward Smedley

ALLEGE. ALLE- GORYE. ALLEVIATE. ALLOCU TION. ALLOT. ALMAGEST. ALMANAC. And fasteth. ALLECT', Allect'ive, ti. Allect'ive, adj. Alli'cient, Alli'ciency. Ad: lacio. Allicio, allcctum, to draw to. To attract, to allure, to entice. They made so ...

Google previewEncyclopædia Metropolitana; Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge ... (1845)

Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose


Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Women's Education in the United States (1998)

by Linda Eisenmann

Plaintiffs must allege that they were discriminated against because employment requirements or conditions either had disparate impact on or ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (2001)

by Bryan A. Garner

allege; contend. To allege is formally to state a matter of fact as being true or provable, without yet having proved it. The word once denoted stating under oath, but this meaning no longer applies. To contend, in the advocatory ...

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Quotes about allege

One would allege, lacking a proof.
The other would deny, hiding the proof.
The denial is more disbelieved
Than the allegation is believed. (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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Scrabble value of A1L1L1E1G2E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of ALLEGE

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