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allege

al·lege

allege

 
pronunciation:
lej
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: alleged, alleges, alleging
definition 1: to state with certainty; declare.
He alleged his innocence throughout his detainment.
synonyms:
affirm, assert, aver, declare, maintain, predicate, proclaim, state
similar words:
avouch, avow, certify, contend, insist, profess, say, vouch
definition 2: to assert in the absence of positive proof.
The police alleged that the suspect had entered the home with intent to rob it.
synonyms:
accuse, affirm, assert, aver, claim, declare, maintain, predicate, proclaim, state
similar words:
contend, impute, insist, plead, pretend, profess, purport
definition 3: to avow in court or elsewhere.
The witness alleged that she had seen the suspect in the area on the day of the murder.
synonyms:
attest, avouch, avow, certify, declare, plead, state, testify
similar words:
depose, vouch, warrant
Word Parts
The word allege contains the following part:
al- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix al- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before roots beginning with the letter "l," such as "loc" and "leg." See ad-.