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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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  • What a beautiful task it is to intercede for them in turn, so many a day!

    The Potter and the Clay Arthur F. Winnington Ingram
  • With his mother to intercede for him he knew that he would have had it.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots Caroline Lockhart
  • The prisons were thrown open at the first sound of the victor's trumpet, and the captives implored to intercede for their jailers.

    Montrose Mowbray Morris
  • It is not my intention to intercede for mercy, for I know that your heart is a stranger to that quality.

    Princess Zara Ross Beeckman
  • I saw them close together in the hall yonder, and I heard her ask him to intercede for your pardon.

  • Cassio beseeches Desdemona to intercede with Othello for him.

    William Shakespeare John Masefield
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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