verb (used without object), plead·ed or pled [pled], /plɛd/, 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 [pled], /plɛd/, 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.
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Origin of plead
OTHER WORDS FROM pleadre·plead, verb, re·plead·ed, re·plead·ing.un·plead·ed, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for plead
Family members have said they pleaded with the women not to head to Syria.Jihadis Release New Year’s Eve Video of Italian Female Hostages|Jamie Dettmer, Barbie Latza Nadeau|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Two weeks before trial, Beebe pleaded guilty to a single charge of aggravated sexual battery.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Korematsu knew firsthand the dangers of war-time hysteria and pleaded that we not make that mistake again.
“You have a drink with Mitch McConnell,” he pleaded with all two thousand-plus in attendance.
Anderson pleaded with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to ban clothing made from animal fur.
Whether they had ever, at different times, pleaded for or against the same cause, and cited precedents to prove contrary opinions?Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
"Take me back, Jack; take me back to Mrs. Haggard's at once," the poor little woman had pleaded to the parson.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
"I didn't notice you was in the middle of a word, Elmer, really I didn't," pleaded old Mr. Nummler.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
When he discovered the monster who was planning this crime, he pleaded so eloquently that pussys life was saved.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky|Modeste Tchaikovsky
Many a time and oft had she pleaded, with tears, to the remorseless girl who looked so soft and yielding.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume II (of 3)|Charles James Wills
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