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English definition of “plead”

plead

verb (STATE)    /pliːd/ (pleaded or US also pled, pleaded or US also pled)
C2 [I, L only + adj, T] specialized law to make a statement of what you believe to be true, especially in support of something or someone or when someone has been accused in a law court: The defendant pleaded not guilty/innocent to robbery with violence. They paid a high-powered attorney to plead their case (= argue for them in court). The judge ruled her unfit to plead (= to answer a legal charge) on the grounds of insanity.Court cases, orders and decisionsAssertions and asserting
(Definition of plead verb (STATE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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