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

Other Words from intercede

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 The international community has failed to intercede to stop mass killings, let alone genocide -- from the Turkish genocide against Armenians to the Nazi Holocaust to Cambodia to Rwanda to Darfur and to Syria, among others. Aaron David Miller, CNN, 19 Apr. 2022 For Gigi Hadid—the logical one, according to Bella—the wish to intercede has always been tempered by a sense that her younger sister has to be permitted to do things her way, which has sometimes meant to the point of near-collapse. Rob Haskell, Vogue, 15 Mar. 2022 The Ukraine president again urged the U.S. to implement a no-fly-zone, and called for the creation of a new alternative to the UN that could intercede in conflicts. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 16 Mar. 2022 The supervisors’ letter to Nash came in response to various requests from LGBTQ supporters, including some commissioners, that the county supervisors intercede in the conflict and remove Hodges from the human relations commission. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Mar. 2022 The association said in a letter to lawmakers that officers who arrive late to the scene of an arrest and see officers wrestling with a suspect on the ground may not have enough information about what transpired to know whether to intercede. Patrick Mcgreevy, Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2021 If the pressure is really too much for you, discuss this with a counselor at school, so that person can intercede for you. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 21 Feb. 2022 Mordechai convinced Esther to intercede on the Jews’ behalf. CNN, 20 Feb. 2022 Three people attempted to intercede and were all stabbed, authorities said. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Intercede.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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