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English definition of “plead”

plead

verb [I] (REQUEST)    /pliːd/ (pleaded or US also pled, pleaded or US also pled)
C2 to make an urgent, emotional statement or request for something: He was on his knees, pleading for mercy/forgiveness. She appeared on television to plead with the kidnappers. [+ speech] "Give us more time," they pleaded.Making appeals and requests pleading     /ˈpliː.dɪŋ/ adjective a pleading tone of voiceMaking appeals and requests pleadingly     /ˈpliː.dɪŋ.li/ adverb Making appeals and requests
(Definition of plead verb (REQUEST) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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