I. verb — [ reporting verb] 1. claim or assert that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically without proof[with clause] • he alleged that he had been assaulted
• [with obj. and infinitive]
he is alleged to have assaulted five men.
– origin 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’.