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parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: pleads, pleading, pleaded, pled
definition 1: to earnestly request or appeal.
He pleaded with his boss to give him another chance.She pleaded with her son not to join the gang.The prisoner pleaded for mercy from his captors.
appear, beg, beseech, implore, sue
similar words:
appeal, entreat, importune, petition, pray, press, supplicate
definition 2: of a defendant, to present a plea in a court of law, esp. of innocence or guilt.
The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.
similar words:
appeal, attest, declare, petition, sue
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to present as defense, excuse, or justification.
He pleaded tiredness and left the party early.She did not wish to tell what she knew and instead pleaded forgetfulness.
acknowledge, profess
similar words:
allege, claim, confess, excuse, explain
definition 2: to assert or allege (one's innocence or guilt) in response to a specific charge in a court of law.
She pleaded her innocence before the judge.
allege, aver, avert, declare, maintain, profess
similar words:
attest, contend
definition 3: to serve as an advocate in (a law case).
Which lawyer will be pleading his case?
similar words:
advocate, counsel, represent
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derivations: pleadable (adj.), pleadingly (adv.), pleader (n.)