[ im-pleed ]
/ ɪmˈplid /

verb (used with object), im·plead·ed, im·plead·ing.

to sue in a court of law.
to bring (a new party) into an action because he or she is or may be liable to the impleading party for all or part of the claim against that party.
to accuse; impeach.
Archaic. to plead (a suit).

Origin of implead

1250–1300; late Middle English impleden, Middle English empleden < Anglo-French empleder. See im-1, plead

Related forms

im·plead·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for implead

  • It has rightly been maintained, that he could implead his master in consequence of an agreement with him.

    Villainage in England|Paul Vinogradoff

British Dictionary definitions for implead


/ (ɪmˈpliːd) /

verb (tr) law rare

  1. to sue or prosecute
  2. to bring an action against
to accuse

Derived Forms

impleadable, adjectiveimpleader, noun

Word Origin for implead

C13: from Anglo-French empleder; see im-, plead
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