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"plead" in British English

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pleadverb

uk   us   /pliːd/ (pleaded or US also pled, pleaded or US also pled)
  • plead verb (REQUEST)

C2 [I] to make an ​urgent, ​emotionalstatement or ​request for something: He was on his ​knees, pleading formercy/​forgiveness. She ​appeared on ​television to plead with the kidnappers. [+ speech] "Give us more ​time," they pleaded.

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  • plead verb (STATE)

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 ​lawcourt: The ​defendant pleaded not ​guilty/​innocent to ​robbery with ​violence. They ​paid a ​high-poweredattorney to plead ​their case (= ​argue for them in ​court). The ​judgeruled her ​unfit to plead (= to ​answer a ​legalcharge) on the ​grounds of ​insanity.

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  • plead verb (EXCUSE)

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.
pleading
adjective uk   us   /ˈpliː.dɪŋ/
a pleading ​tone of ​voice
pleadingly
adverb uk   us   /ˈpliː.dɪŋ.li/
(Definition of plead from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"plead" in American English

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pleadverb

 us   /plid/ (past tense and past participle pleaded or pled  /pled/ )
  • plead verb (REQUEST)

[I] to make an ​urgent, ​emotionalstatement or ​request for something: She ​appeared on ​television to plead for ​help in ​finding her ​child.
  • plead verb (STATE)

[T] fml to give an ​officialanswer to an ​accusation in a ​lawcourt: to plead ​guilty/not ​guilty
(Definition of plead from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"plead" in Business English

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pleadverb [I or T]

uk   us   /pliːd/
LAW to say in a ​court of ​law if you are guilty or not guilty of something that you have been ​accused of: plead guilty/not guilty to sth They pleaded guilty to price-fixing and ​paid a $45 million ​fine.
(Definition of plead from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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