Plead - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |pliːd|  American pronunciation of the word plead
Brit.  |pliːd|  British pronunciation of the word plead
irregular verb:  p.t. — pleaded  p.p. — pleaded


- appeal or request earnestly

I pleaded with him to stop

- offer as an excuse or plea

She was pleading insanity

- enter a plea, as in courts of law

She pleaded not guilty

- make an allegation in an action or other legal proceeding, especially answer the previous pleading of the other party by denying facts therein stated or by alleging new facts


He begged and pleaded, but she would not change her mind.

She couldn't afford a lawyer to plead her case.

“How do you plead?” asked the judge.

“We plead guilty, Your Honor.”

He agreed to plead to a lesser charge of manslaughter.

Mr Jones will plead for you in this case.

She went down on her knees, pleading for mercy.

The prisoner pleaded with the king for forgiveness.

The paragraph was properly pleaded and ought not to be struck out.

'Don't go!' Robert pleaded.

Civil rights groups pleaded for government help.

Moira pleaded with him to stay.

Henderson pled guilty to burglary.

Managers pleaded that there was not enough time to make the changes.

Residents successfully pleaded their case at a council meeting.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: plead
he/she/it: pleads
present participle: pleading
past tense: pleaded
past participle: pleaded
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