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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



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



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.

Did You Know?

The Latin cedere means "to go", so "go between" is the most literal meaning of intercede. (The same -cede root can also be seen in such words as precede and secede.) If you've been blamed unfairly for something, a friend may intercede on your behalf with your coach or teacher. More often, it will be the coach or teacher who has to intercede in a student dispute. The intercession of foreign governments has sometimes prevented conflicts from becoming worse than they otherwise would have.

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


verb in·ter·cede \ˌin-tər-ˈsēd\

Definition of intercede for Students



  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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