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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-lej]
    • /əˈlɛdʒ/
    • /əˈledʒ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-lej]
    • /əˈlɛdʒ/

Definitions of allege word

  • verb allege If you allege that something bad is true, you say it but do not prove it. 3
  • verb allege to declare in or as if in a court of law; state without or before proof 3
  • verb allege to put forward (an argument or plea) for or against an accusation, claim, etc 3
  • verb allege to cite or quote, as to confirm 3
  • verb transitive allege to assert positively, or declare; affirm; esp., to assert without proof 3
  • verb transitive allege to offer as a plea, excuse, etc. 3

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Origin of allege

First appearance:

before 1275
One of the 13% oldest English words
1275-1325; Middle English alleg(g)en, probably < Old French aleguer (< Medieval Latin, Latin allēgāre to adduce in support of a plea; see allegation), conflated with Anglo-French, Old French aleg(i)er to justify, free, literally, to lighten (< Late Latin alleviāre; see alleviate); homonymous Middle English v. alleg(g)en, with literal sense of Old French aleg(i)er, replaced by allay in 16th cent.

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Parts of speech for Allege


allege popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 86% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for allege

verb allege

  • depose — If a ruler or political leader is deposed, they are forced to give up their position.
  • plead — to appeal or entreat earnestly: to plead for time.
  • testify — to bear witness; give or afford evidence.
  • cite — If you cite something, you quote it or mention it, especially as an example or proof of what you are saying.
  • charge — If you charge someone an amount of money, you ask them to pay that amount for something that you have sold to them or done for them.

Antonyms for allege

verb allege

  • take back — to get into one's hold or possession by voluntary action: to take a cigarette out of a box; to take a pen and begin to write.
  • deny — When you deny something, you state that it is not true.
  • withhold — to hold back; restrain or check.
  • contradict — If you contradict someone, you say that what they have just said is wrong, or suggest that it is wrong by saying something different.
  • dissent — to differ in sentiment or opinion, especially from the majority; withhold assent; disagree (often followed by from): Two of the justices dissented from the majority decision.

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