- 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
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1, 2. intervene.
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Examples from the Web for intercede
Higher courts, including the Supreme Court had refused to intercede, and the stay was to expire tonight.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over
January 5, 2015
And we have the ability to intercede on their behalf to our Maker.Why Presidents Need Prayer
February 17, 2014
Hirsch has noticed that sometimes parents get intimidated and brushed aside, but it is their right to intercede.‘Bully’ Director Lee Hirsch Talks About What Families Can Do to Prevent Bullying
April 7, 2012
Obama is pushing China, once again, to intercede and convince Pyongyang to cancel its rocket launch.Leslie H. Gelb: North Korea, U.S. Headed to Brink of War, Unnoticed
Leslie H. Gelb
April 1, 2012
Each time you intercede, be quiet first and worship God in his glory.The Ministry of Intercession
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
I am surprised that you should intercede for such a confounded fool.End of the Tether
Perhaps if I can manage to send a message to Herr Mendelssohn, he will intercede for me.Dreamers of the Ghetto
- (often foll by in) to come between parties or act as mediator or advocateto intercede in the strike
- Roman history (of a tribune or other magistrate) to interpose a veto
C16: from Latin intercēdere to intervene, from inter- + cēdere to move
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Word Origin and History for intercede
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