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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

Full Definition of intercede

in·ter·ced·edin·ter·ced·ing

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

in·ter·ced·er noun

Examples of intercede

  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 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>.


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