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verb (used with object), im·plead·ed, im·plead·ing.
  1. to sue in a court of law.
  2. 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.
  3. to accuse; impeach.
  4. Archaic. to plead (a suit).
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Origin of implead

1250–1300; late Middle English impleden, Middle English empleden < Anglo-French empleder. See im-1, plead
Related formsim·plead·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for impleading


verb (tr) law rare
    1. to sue or prosecute
    2. to bring an action against
  1. to accuse
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Derived Formsimpleadable, adjectiveimpleader, noun

Word Origin

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