verb in·ter·cede \ˌin-tər-ˈsēd\

: 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

intransitive verb
:  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.


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>.
INTERCEDING Defined for Kids


verb in·ter·cede \ˌin-tər-ˈsēd\

Definition of INTERCEDE for Kids

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