- pledge of allegiance,
- pledged delegate,
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 pled
Two of the Norfolk four pled guilty, and two were convicted at trial.
She pled for help, according to local news sources, and said the judge was beating her even as the call was underway.
Now that Alliegro has pled guilty, the expectation is that Rivera will not be referred to as “unindicted” for much longer.
He pled guilty to manslaughter charges and received a two-and-a-half-year sentence.Costa Concordia Captain: I’m A Scapegoat For Carnival Cruise Lines|Barbie Latza Nadeau|March 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Abu Ghaithm, who has pled not guilty, is the highest-ranking al-Qaida figure to face trial in the U.S. since the 2001 attacks.
O my dear Blanche, you are my daughter; that was the cause of the secret feeling which pled for you.The Barber of Paris|Charles Paul de Kock
I pled with him vainly for an explanation of the Prince's objection to my person.The Shoes of Fortune|Neil Munro
But Lamu appeared and pled her own cause before them with convincing effect.
Nor had he pled this latter state to urge himself upon them.Winner Take All|Larry Evans
We retired to a Native house that had been temporarily granted to us for rest, and there pled before God for them all.
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
past tense and past participle of plead (v.).
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.