plead

  • 1 plead — / plēd/ vb plead·ed or pled also plead / pled/, plead·ing [Anglo French plaider to argue in a court of law, from Old French plaid legal action, trial more at plea] vi …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 Plead — Plead, v. t. 1. To discuss, defend, and attempt to maintain by arguments or reasons presented to a tribunal or person having uthority to determine; to argue at the bar; as, to plead a cause before a court or jury. [1913 Webster] Every man should… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Plead — Plead, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pleaded} (colloq. {Plead}or {Pled}); p. pr. & vb. n. {Pleading}.] [OE. pleden, plaiden, OF. plaidier, F. plaider, fr. LL. placitare, fr. placitum. See {Plea}.] 1. To argue in support of a claim, or in defense against… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Plead — Plead, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pleaded} (colloq. {Plead}or {Pled}); p. pr. & vb. n. {Pleading}.] [OE. pleden, plaiden, OF. plaidier, F. plaider, fr. LL. placitare, fr. placitum. See {Plea}.] 1. To argue in support of a claim, or in defense against… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 plead — [pli:d] v [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: plaidier, from plaid; PLEA] 1.) [I and T] to ask for something that you want very much, in a sincere and emotional way = ↑beg ▪ Don t go! Robert pleaded. plead for ▪ Civil rights groups pleaded… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 6 plead — [ plid ] (past tense and past participle pleaded or pled [ pled ] ) verb ** 1. ) intransitive to ask for something in an urgent or emotional way: plead for: He knelt in front of the king, pleading for mercy. plead with someone (to do something):… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 7 plead — [pliːd] verb pleaded PTandPP or pled PTandPP [pled] [intransitive, transitive] LAW to state in a court of law whether you are guilty of a crime or not …

    Financial and business terms

  • 8 plead — The past tense and past participle in standard BrE are both pleaded, but pled and plead (pronounced pled) are used as well as pleaded in America, Scotland, and some dialects in the UK. In legal usage, an accused person can plead guilty or not… …

    Modern English usage

  • 9 plead — [plēd] vi. pleaded or pled or plead [pled] pleading [ME pleden < OFr plaidier < plaid: see PLEA] 1. a) to present a case in a law court; argue the case of either party b) to present a PLEA (sense …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 plead — [v1] beg, request appeal, ask, beseech, cop a plea*, crave, crawl, entreat, entreaty, implore, importune, make up for, petition, pray, solicit, square things*, supplicate; concept 48 Ant. answer, reply plead [v2] present a defense adduce,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 11 plead — (v.) mid 13c., make a plea in court, from Anglo Fr. pleder, O.Fr. pleider, plaidier, agreement, discussion, lawsuit, from M.L. placitare, from L.L. placitum (see PLEA (Cf. plea)). Sense of request, beg first recorded late 14c. Related: Pleaded;… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 12 plead — vb pray, sue, petition, appeal (see under PRAYER) Analogous words: entreat, implore, supplicate, beseech, *beg: intercede, mediate, intervene, *interpose Contrasted words: bestow, confer, present, *give: *grant, vouchsafe, accord …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 13 plead — ► VERB (past and past part. pleaded or N. Amer., Scottish, or dialect pled) 1) make an emotional appeal. 2) present and argue for (a position), especially in court or in another public context. 3) Law state formally in court whether one is guilty …

    English terms dictionary

  • 14 plead|er — «PLEE duhr», noun. 1. a person who pleads, especially in a court of law. 2. a person who entreats or intercedes …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 15 plead — im·plead; im·plead·able; im·plead·er; in·ter·plead; plead; plead·able; plead·er; plead·ing·ly; re·plead; re·plead·er; in·ter·plead·er; plead·ing; …

    English syllables

  • 16 plead — v. 1) to plead fervently 2) (D; intr.) to plead for; with (to plead with the judge for mercy) 3) (legal) to plead guilty (to a charge) 4) (legal) to plead not guilty (to a charge) * * * [pliːd] with (to plead with the judge for mercy) (D; intr.)… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 17 plead — verb past tense pleaded or pled, especially AmE 1 (I) to ask for something that you want very much, in a sincere and emotional way: “Don t go!” Robert pleaded. (+ for): The hostages families pleaded for their safe return. | plead with sb to do… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 plead */*/ — UK [pliːd] / US [plɪd] verb Word forms plead : present tense I/you/we/they plead he/she/it pleads present participle pleading past tense pleaded past participle pleaded 1) [intransitive] to ask for something in an urgent or emotional way Please… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 plead — [[t]plid[/t]] v. plead•ed pled, plead•ing 1) to appeal or entreat earnestly; beg: to plead for time[/ex] 2) to use arguments or persuasions 3) to afford an argument or appeal: His youth pleads for him[/ex] 4) law a) to make any allegation or plea …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 plead — [[t]pli͟ːd[/t]] pleads, pleading, pleaded 1) VERB If you plead with someone to do something, you ask them in an intense, emotional way to do it. [V with n to inf] The lady pleaded with her daughter to come back home... [V for n] He was kneeling… …

    English dictionary