in·​ter·​cede | \ ˌin-tər-ˈsēd How to pronounce intercede (audio) \
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Reportedly, AG Barr did not ask the president to intercede with Ukraine. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "The President’s Best Ukraine Defense: Not an Impeachable Offense," 27 Oct. 2019 World leaders with close relations to President Donald Trump have tried to intercede, including French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and leaders of Iraq and Oman. Ved Nanda, The Denver Post, "Nanda: It’s not too late to preserve the Iran deal with diplomacy," 18 Oct. 2019 Many commentators, however, called the situation yet another troubling instance of the president seeking to politicize the Justice Department and federal law enforcement by calling on the department to intercede on Kavanaugh’s behalf. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, "Trump rallies to Kavanaugh’s defense after new sexual misconduct allegation surfaces," 15 Sep. 2019 After Joel Clement, a whistleblower, sued the department under FOIA to release records about being reassigned from his post, Interior Communications Director Laura Rigas interceded. Author: Jacob Holzman, Anchorage Daily News, "Interior held back FOIA’d documents after political screenings," 28 Mar. 2019 Congress could also choose to intercede to prevent the federal government from using antitrust laws as punitive sticks. Aarian Marshall, Ars Technica, "The fight over fuel economy rules is getting messy," 15 Sep. 2019 They were caught the next day after the seal interceded. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Angry seal 'helps' Australian police bust drug smuggling ring," 14 Sep. 2019 Based on a story of John Smith, a Powhatan Indian stops a war between her tribe and the British by interceding with the chief, her father. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 As a Woodmere officer arrived on the scene at Speedway, a Cleveland man, 23, walked away from his argument with a Maple Heights woman, 19, then took off running as an Orange police officer on a nearby traffic stop interceded. Thomas Jewell,, "Cops use relay team, Taser on fleeing suspect: Orange Police Blotter," 22 Aug. 2019

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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

formal : 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 How to pronounce intercede (audio) \
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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