in·​ter·​cede | \ˌin-tər-ˈsēd \
interceded; interceding

Definition of intercede 

intransitive verb

: to intervene between parties with a view to reconciling differences : mediate

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interceder noun

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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

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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.

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.

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Its attempts to intercede were unsuccessful, however, with China refusing a U.S. request for talks about the issue. Trefor Moss, WSJ, "U.S. Airlines Meet Beijing Halfway on Describing Taiwan," 25 July 2018 Within the Catholic tradition, the idea that saints can intercede to God on one’s behalf makes saints particularly important and the object of folkloric veneration in their own right. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Oscar Romero, a martyr for social justice and the newest Catholic saint, explained," 15 Oct. 2018 Tyler is transported by the planet's species in order to intercede (ok?). Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Last Night's 'Star Trek Discovery' Was a Maze of Confusion," 6 Nov. 2017 Chinese leader Xi Jinping personally asked Trump to intercede and help the company, and Trump has directed Ross to make changes to help the company. Damian Paletta And David J. Lynch,, "Trump, Chinese leaders moving forward on deal to save ZTE," 22 May 2018 The decision was a setback for the Justice Department, which under President Trump had unexpectedly interceded in a discrimination lawsuit filed by a sky-diving instructor. Alan Feuer And Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, "Civil Rights Act Protects Gay Workers, Appeals Court Rules," 26 Feb. 2018 At the urging of Paul D. Ryan, speaker of the House, Vice President Mike Pence nearly interceded on Ms. Roby’s behalf in the primary. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Even a Whiff of Disloyalty to Trump Can Imperil a G.O.P. Incumbent," 11 June 2018 Ryan has personally interceded to tamp down an effort to accelerate his departure and hold earlier elections, meeting Thursday with Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga. Mike Debonis,, "House Speaker Paul Ryan backs Kevin McCarthy, his No. 2, to lead House GOP," 13 Apr. 2018 The board investigates charges and encourages parties to settle, but can also intercede to hold elections and appeal to the federal courts to force companies to comply with labor law. Sarah Meehan,, "Nurses at Johns Hopkins allege hospital is impeding their efforts unionize," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of intercede

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intercede

Latin intercedere, from inter- + cedere to go

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English Language Learners 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


in·​ter·​cede | \ˌin-tər-ˈsēd \
interceded; interceding

Kids Definition of intercede

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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