The Collaborative International Dictionary
Plead \Plead\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pleaded (colloq. Pleador Pled); p. pr. & vb. n. Pleading.] [OE. pleden, plaiden, OF. plaidier, F. plaider, fr. LL. placitare, fr. placitum. See Plea.]
To argue in support of a claim, or in defense against the claim of another; to urge reasons for or against a thing; to attempt to persuade one by argument or supplication; to speak by way of persuasion; as, to plead for the life of a criminal; to plead with a judge or with a father.
O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbor!
--Job xvi. 21.
(Law) To present an answer, by allegation of fact, to the declaration of a plaintiff; to deny the plaintiff's declaration and demand, or to allege facts which show that ought not to recover in the suit; in a less strict sense, to make an allegation of fact in a cause; to carry on the allegations of the respective parties in a cause; to carry on a suit or plea.
--Blackstone. Burrill. Stephen.
To contend; to struggle. [Obs.]
imp. & p. p. of Plead [Colloq.]
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
v. 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
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
past tense and past participle of plead (v.).
Usage examples of "pled".
With lawyers whispering in both ears, he pled guilty to his four counts, then was led back to his seat.
The former senator had been found dead with a bullet in the head the week before Backman pled guilty.
However, less than a year after signing on as a green associate, he was sacked by the firm after his father pled guilty, and was literally thrown out of the building.
In search of it, the FBI had been piecing together his travel history when he abruptly pled guilty and was sent away.
Every ghostly note pled for mercy, surrendered to pain or yielded only in the broken extremity beyond the end of strength.
Phiber Optik pled guilty to the misdemeanor charge, and was sentenced to 35 hours of community service.
Faced with this blizzard of trouble, Prophet and Leftist had ducked any public trial and had pled guilty to reduced charges -- one conspiracy count apiece.
In Atlanta, the Prophet had already pled guilty to one charge of conspiracy, one charge of wire fraud and one charge of interstate transportation of stolen property.
Those two charges against Prophet, which had been based on the E911 Document, were quietly forgotten at his sentencing -- even though Prophet had already pled guilty to them.
Between the newest developments with Kozlow, the maintenance and negotiations of her other two cases, and the paperwork from the two cases she pled out, Sara was finally starting to understand the temptation of keeping a change of clothes in her office.
Adelon, today I leave you, but I could not go till I had pled my suit again, and now I ask you: Will you listen to my prayer, and in return for the riches, rank, and titled name I offer, will you give me but your heart?
Kate pled fatigue, and escaped to her room where she stretched out across her bed, and fell asleep.
Joel, dressed in a rumpled striped shirt and gray pants and with his feet shackled, pled not guilty to killing Tiffany Bresciani.
The questioning ceased immediately, and the brothers pled guilty shortly afterward.
November Joel pled guilty to the murder of Iris Sanchez in Queens, then, just days later, entered guilty pleas in Brooklyn and received maximum consecutive sentences for the killings of Lorraine Orvieto, Mary Ann Holloman, and the still unidentified third woman, all of whom had been found stuffed into steel drums over a threemonth period in 1992.