Definition of “allege” - English Dictionary

“allege” in British English

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allegeverb [ T ]

uk /əˈledʒ/ us /əˈledʒ/ formal

C2 to say that someone has done something illegal or wrong without giving proof:

[ + (that) ] The two men allege (that) the police forced them to make false confessions.
[ + to infinitive ] She is alleged to have been at the centre of an international drug ring.
[ + that ] It was alleged that Johnson had struck Mr Rahim on the head.

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  • The prosecution alleged that he lured the officer to his death by making an emergency call.
  • It has been alleged that the minister received a secret payoff from an arms dealer.
  • The woman alleged rape, but Reeves insisted it was consensual.
  • Campaigners now have compelling documentary evidence of the human rights abuses that they had been alleging for several years.
  • The woman alleges that her employers passed her over for promotion because she was pregnant.

(Definition of “allege” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“allege” in American English

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allegeverb [ T ]

us /əˈledʒ/

to state that something bad is a fact without giving proof:

School districts are alleging the state has not continued to finance schools adequately.
Note: Usually used to describe legal matters.
alleged
adjective [ not gradable ] us /əˈledʒd/

allegedly
adverb [ not gradable ] us /əˈledʒ·ɪd·li/

The company is being investigated for allegedly falsifying sales records.

(Definition of “allege” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“allege” in Business English

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allegeverb [ T ]

uk /əˈledʒ/ us

to state that someone has done something illegal or wrong without giving proof:

It is alleged that he used his influential position to steal thousands of pounds of company profits.

(Definition of “allege” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)