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English definition of “plead”

plead

verb (EXCUSE)    /pliːd/ (pleaded or US also pled, pleaded or US also pled)
C2 [T] to say something as an excuse or explanation : She left early, pleading pressure of work . plead ignorance formal to say that you do not know about something: He pleaded ignorance when they found the package in his suitcase .Denying and contradicting
(Definition of plead verb (EXCUSE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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