verb in·ter·cede \ ˌin-tər-ˈsēd \
|Updated on: 6 Aug 2018

Definition of intercede

interceded; interceding
: to intervene between parties with a view to reconciling differences : mediate



Examples of intercede in a Sentence

  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.

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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.

Origin and Etymology of intercede

Latin intercedere, from inter- + cedere to go

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

INTERCEDE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of intercede for English Language Learners

  • : 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

INTERCEDE Defined for Kids


verb in·ter·cede \ ˌin-tər-ˈsēd \

Definition of intercede for Students

interceded; interceding
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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