[ pleed ]
See synonyms for: pleadpleadedpleading on

verb (used without object),plead·ed or pled [pled], /plɛd/, plead·ing.
  1. to appeal or entreat earnestly: to plead for time.

  2. to use arguments or persuasions, as with a person, for or against something: She pleaded with him not to take the job.

  1. to afford an argument or appeal: His youth pleads for him.

  2. Law.

    • 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.
  1. to allege or urge in defense, justification, or excuse: to plead ignorance.

  2. Law.

    • 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

First recordd in 1200–50; Middle English plaiden, from<Old French plaid(i)er “to go to law, plead,” from early Medieval Latin placitāre “to litigate,” derivative of Latin placitum “opinion, agreed condition.” See plea

Other words for plead

Other words from plead

  • re·plead, verb, re·plead·ed, re·plead·ing.
  • un·plead·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use plead in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for plead


/ (pliːd) /

verbpleads, pleading, pleaded, plead (plɛd) or esp US and Scot pled (plɛd)
  1. (when intr, often foll by with) to appeal earnestly or humbly (to)

  2. (tr; may take a clause as object) to give as an excuse; offer in justification or extenuation: to plead ignorance; he pleaded that he was insane

  1. (intr often foll by for) to provide an argument or appeal (for): her beauty pleads for her

  2. law to declare oneself to be (guilty or not guilty) in answer to the charge

  3. law to advocate (a case) in a court of law

  4. (intr) law

    • to file pleadings

    • to address a court as an advocate

Origin of plead

C13: from Old French plaidier, from Medieval Latin placitāre to have a lawsuit, from Latin placēre to please; see plea

Derived forms of plead

  • pleadable, adjective
  • pleader, noun

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