implead

verb

im·​plead im-ˈplēd How to pronounce implead (audio)
impleaded; impleading; impleads

transitive verb

: to sue or prosecute at law

Word History

Etymology

Middle English empleden, from Anglo-French empleder, from en- + pleder to plead

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of implead was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Implead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/implead. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Legal Definition

implead

transitive verb
im·​plead im-ˈplēd How to pronounce implead (audio)
: to bring into a lawsuit
specifically : to bring (a third party who is or may be liable to the plaintiff or defendant) into a suit compare interplead, intervene, join
Etymology

Anglo-French empleder, from Old French emplaidier, from en- thoroughly + plaidier to plead

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