From 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, prescription, order; literally, that which is pleasing, pleasure”), neuter of placitus, past participle of placere (“to please”). Cognate with Spanish pleitear (“to litigate, take to court”).
- Present tense, infinitive
- Past tense
plead (third-person singular simple present pleads, present participle pleading, simple past and past participle (North America, England) pleaded or (North America, Scotland) pled or (North America) plead)
- To present an argument, especially in a legal case.
- The defendant has decided to plead not guilty.
- Bible, Job xvi. 21
- O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour!
- To beg, beseech, or implore.
- He pleaded with me not to leave the house.
- plead in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- plead in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- plead at OneLook Dictionary Search