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intercede

[in-ter-seed] /ˌɪn tərˈsid/
verb (used without object), interceded, interceding.
1.
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.
2.
to attempt to reconcile differences between two people or groups; mediate.
3.
Roman History. (of a tribune or other magistrate) to interpose a veto.
Origin of intercede
1570-1580
1570-80; < Latin intercēdere. See inter-, cede
Related forms
interceder, noun
preintercede, verb (used without object), preinterceded, preinterceding.
Synonyms
1, 2. intervene.
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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

intercede

/ˌɪntəˈsiːd/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(often foll by in) to come between parties or act as mediator or advocate: to intercede in the strike
2.
(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
v.

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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