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plead (appeal)

Definition:

to appeal or request earnestly

Class:

communication verb (telling, asking, ordering, singing, etc.)

Past tenses:

pleaded | pled

Present participle:

pleading

3rd-person singular present:

pleads

Type of:

appeal » request » communicate » convey

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Examples:

beg | bid

Usage example:

I pleaded with him to stop

Etymology:

Middle English pleden, plaiden, from Old French plaider ("to plead, offer a...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

All senses of plead...

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Pleading

In law as practiced in countries that follow the English models, a pleading is a formal written statement filed with a court by parties in a civil action, other than a motion. By stating what claims and defenses are at issue, pleadings establish the ... (44 of 1885 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Pleading

Collins Dictionary:

plead | pleadable [adjective, derived]

[when] intr, often followed by with to appeal earnestly or humbly (to) | [transitive] to give as an excuse; offer in justification or extenuation, | ... (23 of 534 words, 7 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/plead

Oxford Dictionary:

plead | pleaded [past tense] | pleader [derived] | pleadingly [derived] | pled [related]

[reporting verb] : make an emotional appeal | present and argue for (a position), especially in court or in another public context | [intransitive, ... (22 of 266 words, 6 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/plead

Merriam-Webster:

plead | pleaded [past tense] | pled [past tense] | pleading [present participle] | assert [synonym, sense-specific] | contend [synonym, sense-specific] | maintain [synonym, sense-specific] | argue [synonym, sense-specific] | reason [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to argue a case or cause in a court of law | to make an allegation in an action or other legal proceeding ; especially, to answer the previous ... (28 of 262 words, 7 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/plead

American Heritage Dictionary:

plead | pleaded [past tense] | pled [past tense] | pleading [present participle] | pleads [3rd-person singular present] | pleadable [adjective, related] | pleader [noun, related] | pleadingly [adverb, related]

To appeal earnestly; beg | To offer reasons for or against something; argue earnestly | To provide an argument or appeal | [law] ; To put forward a ... (25 of 184 words, 9 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/plead

Macmillan British Dictionary:

plead | pleaded [past tense] | pleading [present participle] | pleads [3rd-person singular present]

[intransitive] to ask for something in an urgent or emotional way | [intransitive/transitive, law] to say in a court of law whether you are guilty of ... (25 of 161 words, 4 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/plead

Random House Dictionary:

plead | pleaded [past tense] | pled [past tense] | pleading [present participle]

to appeal or entreat earnestly. | to use arguments or persuasions, as with a person, for or against something. | to afford an argument or appeal. | ... (24 of 157 words, 6 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/plead

Cambridge Dictionary:

plead [entry 1, United States] | pleaded [past tense] | pled [past tense] | pleading [adjective, derived] | pleadingly [adverb, derived]

to make an urgent, emotional statement or request for something (10 of 61 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/plead 1

plead [entry 2, United States] | pleaded [past tense] | pled [past tense] | plead ignorance

[formal] to make a statement of what you believe to be true, especially in ... | "plead ignorance": [formal] to say that you do not know about ... (26 of 114 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/plead 2

New World Dictionary:

plead | pleaded [past tense] | pled [past tense] | pleading [present participle] | pleadable [adjective, related] | pleader [noun, related] | pleadingly [adverb, related]

to present a case in a law court; argue the case of either party ; to present a "plea" (specific sense) | to make an earnest appeal; supplicate; beg | ... (28 of 89 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/plead

Wiktionary:

plead | pled [North American, Scottish, past tense] | pleaded [England, past tense] | pleading [present participle] | pleads [3rd-person singular present]

To present an argument, especially in a legal case. | To beg, beseech, or implore. (14 of 20 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/plead

Britannica Encyclopedia:

pleading [law]

in law, written presentation by a litigant in a lawsuit setting forth the facts upon which he claims legal relief or challenges the claims of his ... (26 of 312 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/464455​/pleading

Columbia Encyclopedia:

appeal | error

in law, hearing by a superior court to consider correcting or reversing the judgment of an inferior court, because of errors allegedly committed by ... (24 of 256 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0804396​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

plead | pleaded [past tense] | pled [past tense] | pleading [present participle] | pleads [3rd-person singular present]

to make an earnest or urgent entreaty, often in emotional terms | to use a particular reason or circumstance to excuse or justify behavior | to answer ... (25 of 137 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861738592​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

plead | pled [North American, Scottish, past tense] | pleaded [England, past tense] | pleading [present participle] | pleads [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English pleden, plaiden, from Old French plaider ("to plead, offer a plea"), from plait, from Medieval Latin placitum ("a decree, sentence, suit, plea, etc.", in Classical Latin, "an opinion, determination, ... (31 of 48 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/plead

Online Etymology:

plead

First use: mid-13th century

Origin: "make a plea in court", from Anglo-French pleder, Old French pleider, plaidier, "agreement, discussion, lawsuit", from Medieval Latin ... (20 of 34 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=plead

American Heritage Dictionary:

plead | pleaded [past tense] | pled [past tense] | pleading [present participle] | pleads [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English pleden, plaiden, from Old French plaidier, from Medieval Latin placitāre, to appeal to the law, from ... (18 of 25 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/plead

Collins Dictionary:

plead

First use: 13th century

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

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/plead

Oxford Dictionary:

plead | pleaded [past tense]

Origin: Middle English (in the sense "to wrangle"): from Old French plaidier "go to law", from plaid "discussion" (see "plea")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/plead

Merriam-Webster:

plead | pleaded [past tense] | pled [past tense] | pleading [present participle]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English pleden, plaiden, from Anglo-French plaider, pleder, from plai plea

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/plead

New World Dictionary:

plead | pleaded [past tense] | pled [past tense] | pleading [present participle]

Origin: Middle English pleden from Old French plaidier from plaid: see "plea"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/plead

Encarta Dictionary:

plead | pleaded [past tense] | pled [past tense] | pleading [present participle] | pleads [3rd-person singular present]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Anglo-Norman pleder from Old French plaid

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861738592​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

plead | pled [North American, Scottish, past tense] | pleaded [England, past tense] | pleading [present participle] | pleads [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "plead"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/plead

Collins Dictionary:

plead

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "plead"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/plead

Macmillan American Dictionary:

plead | pleaded [past tense] | pled [past tense] | pleading [present participle] | pleads [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "plead"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/plead

Macmillan British Dictionary:

plead | pleaded [past tense] | pleading [present participle] | pleads [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "plead"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/plead

Cambridge Dictionary:

plead [entry 2, United States] | pleaded [past tense] | pled [past tense]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "plead"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "plead"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/plead 2

the Free Dictionary:

plead

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "plead"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "plead"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "plead" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/plead

Google Dictionary:

plead | pled [past tense] | pleaded [past tense] | pleading [present participle] | pleads [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "plead"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

plead

Audio: North American pronunciation of "plead"

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plead

Audio: North American pronunciation of "plead"

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YourDictionary Audio:

plead

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "plead" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

Plead

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Plead" by speech synthesizer

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