verb (used without object), plead·ed or pled, plead·ing.
- to make any allegation or plea in an action at law.
- to put forward an answer on the part of a defendant to a legal declaration or charge.
- to address a court as an advocate.
- Obsolete. to prosecute a suit or action at law.
verb (used with object), plead·ed or pled, plead·ing.
- to maintain (a cause) by argument before a court.
- to allege or set forth (something) formally in an action at law.
- to allege or cite in legal defense: to plead a statute of limitations.
Origin of plead
Examples from the Web for plead
The camera passes to each hostage in turn to allow them to plead with the Lebanese government to let them live.
He did not plead guilty, and has regularly filed petitions in an effort to prove his innocence.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015|Movements.Org|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The news that Grimm was set to plead guilty sent shockwaves through the leadership of the Republican Party on Staten Island.
On Friday, many of the minors came back to plead to the residents that this was their only home.In Rome’s Riots, Cries for Mussolini and Attacks on Refugees|Barbie Latza Nadeau|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Christian conservative Sen. Larry Craig plead guilty for soliciting sex in the Minneapolis airport bathroom in 2007.‘7th Heaven’ Dad Stephen Collins and the Christian Right’s Real Morality Tale|Amanda Marcotte|October 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now, to plead for the Wattevilles would mean nothing in Paris, but here!Albert Savarus|Honore de Balzac
The second interview she had solicited in order to plead the cause of one of her personal friends, condemned to transportation.Famous Women: George Sand|Bertha Thomas
He went to Washington to plead for the tribe, and returning, left his wigwam among the Indians after a time, and went to Texas.Tenting on the Plains|Elizabeth B. Custer
It was like her, too, that she made no outcry; that she did not shed tears or plead with him.Brand Blotters|William MacLeod Raine
If my views are erroneous, as exhibited in these lectures, I cannot plead that they have been hastily adopted.The Religion of Geology and Its Connected Sciences|Edward Hitchcock
British Dictionary definitions for plead
verb pleads, pleading, pleaded, plead (plɛd) or esp US and Scot pled (plɛd)
- to file pleadings
- to address a court as an advocate
Word Origin for plead
Word Origin and History for plead
mid-13c., "make a plea in court," from Anglo-French pleder, Old French plaidier, "plead at court" (11c.), from Medieval Latin placitare, from Late Latin placitum (see plea). Sense of "request, beg" first recorded late 14c. Related: Pleaded; pleading; pleadingly.