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intercede

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verb in·ter·cede \ˌin-tər-ˈsēd\

Simple Definition of intercede

  • : to try to help settle an argument or disagreement between two or more people or groups : to speak to someone in order to defend or help another person

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of intercede

interceded

interceding

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to intervene between parties with a view to reconciling differences :  mediate

interceder

noun

Examples of intercede in a sentence

  1. Their argument probably would have become violent if I hadn't interceded.

  2. When the boss accused her of lying, several other employees interceded on her behalf.



Origin and Etymology of intercede

Latin intercedere, from inter- + cedere to go


First Known Use: 1597

Synonym Discussion of intercede

interpose, interfere, intervene, mediate, intercede mean to come or go between. interpose often implies no more than this <interposed herself between him and the door>. interfere implies hindering <noise interfered with my concentration>. intervene may imply an occurring in space or time between two things or a stepping in to stop a conflict <quarreled until the manager intervened>. mediate implies intervening between hostile factions <mediated between the parties>. intercede implies acting for an offender in begging mercy or forgiveness <interceded on our behalf>.

INTERCEDE Defined for Kids

intercede

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verb in·ter·cede \ˌin-tər-ˈsēd\

Definition of intercede for Students

interceded

interceding

  1. 1 :  to try to help settle differences between unfriendly individuals or groups <I interceded to stop the argument.>

  2. 2 :  to plead for the needs of someone else <Atkins fell upon his knees to beg the captain to intercede with the governor for his life … — Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe>





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