[ in-ter-pleed ]

verb (used without object),in·ter·plead·ed, in·ter·plead·ing.Law.
  1. to litigate with each other in order to determine which of two parties is the rightful claimant against a third party.

  2. to bring two or more claimants before a court to determine which of them is entitled to a claim that a third party recognizes.

Origin of interplead

1325–75; inter- + plead; replacing late Middle English enterpleden<Anglo-French enterpleder

Other words from interplead

  • un·in·ter·plead·ed, adjective

Words Nearby interplead Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

British Dictionary definitions for interplead


/ (ˌɪntəˈpliːd) /

verb-pleads, -pleading, -pleaded, -plead (-ˈplɛd) or -pled
  1. (intr) law to institute interpleader proceedings

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