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 In fact, the city’s law director had earlier tried to intercede with Dettmer on the media’s behalf, as did the council clerk. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Berea City Council supports Dettmer despite stance on public access to remote meetings," 16 Apr. 2020 At one point, the U.S. Secretary of State tried to intercede with the Dominican government to halt the exodus. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "Cuqui Cordova, the Dominican Republic’s Immortal Sports Historian," 12 Mar. 2020 Over the next 20 years, integration steadily grew in places where courts interceded. Washington Post, "How the nation’s growing racial diversity is changing our schools," 12 Sep. 2019 Pakistan intercedes to stop the struggling rupee from plunging. David Rovella,, "Your Evening Briefing," 8 May 2020 And for some kids, those supports are the main things interceding in a toxic—or even dangerous—home environment. Vann R. Newkirk Ii, The Atlantic, "The Kids Aren’t All Right," 24 Mar. 2020 Murkowski’s announcement removes ambiguity by preventing a tie vote for new witnesses, which would have opened the door for Chief Justice John Roberts to intercede. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "How long will Trump's acquittal take? A day, or maybe days," 31 Jan. 2020 Police officers stationed in front of their home turned people away, although Yale sometimes interceded to deliver supplies. Neil Macfarquhar, New York Times, "What the Ebola Crisis Can Teach Us About Quarantines," 19 Mar. 2020 Though not at Magdalen, he was asked by Peters to intercede with its president and at first found Peters plausible. Ben Downing, WSJ, "‘The Professor and the Parson’ Review: Father of Lies," 31 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of intercede was in 1597

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27 May 2020

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“Intercede.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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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