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[in-ter-seed] /ˌɪn tərˈsid/
verb (used without object), interceded, interceding.
to act or interpose in behalf of someone in difficulty or trouble, as by pleading or petition:
to intercede with the governor for a condemned man.
to attempt to reconcile differences between two people or groups; mediate.
Roman History. (of a tribune or other magistrate) to interpose a veto.
Origin of intercede
From the Latin word intercēdere, dating back to 1570-80. See inter-, cede
Related forms
interceder, noun
preintercede, verb (used without object), preinterceded, preinterceding.
1, 2. intervene. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for intercede
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  • Each time you intercede, be quiet first and worship God in his glory.

  • We cannot intercede for him—he does not deserve to be forgiven.

  • For my part I hoped to find you alone and beg you to intercede for us.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • I am surprised that you should intercede for such a confounded fool.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • Perhaps if I can manage to send a message to Herr Mendelssohn, he will intercede for me.

  • He begged me to intercede, to save him those papers of the greatest importance.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
British Dictionary definitions for intercede


verb (intransitive)
(often foll by in) to come between parties or act as mediator or advocate: to intercede in the strike
(Roman history) (of a tribune or other magistrate) to interpose a veto
Derived Forms
interceder, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin intercēdere to intervene, from inter- + cēdere to move
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Word Origin and History for intercede

1570s, a back-formation from intercession, or else from Latin intercedere "intervene, come between, be between," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + cedere "go" (see cede). Related: Interceded; interceding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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