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

Definition of implead

transitive verb

: to sue or prosecute at law

First Known Use of implead

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for implead

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

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“Implead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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im·​plead | \ im-ˈplēd How to pronounce implead (audio) \

Legal Definition of implead

: 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

History and Etymology for implead

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

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