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
Examples of intercede in a sentence
Their argument probably would have become violent if I hadn't interceded.
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
INTERCEDE Defined for Kids
Definition of intercede for Students
1 : to try to help settle differences between unfriendly individuals or groups <I interceded to stop the argument.>
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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