Allege and Assert | IELTS vocabulary

Allege does not mean the same as assert.

Allege means to state or claim without proof or strong conviction, to put forward as an idea to be debated or analyzed. Thus an alleged criminal is a person someone claims has committed a crime but has not proved guilty. Assert means to state positively, with strong conviction or supporting arguments

Study the examples given below.

  • The teacher alleged that the student might have cheated on the exam.
  • The student asserted that he had not cheated.
  • This article alleges that the minister has accepted bribes.
  • The minister asserted that he had not taken bribes.

Reference: Reader’s Digest Family Word Finder

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