English definition of “plead”
/pliːd/ verb (past tense and past participle pleaded, also US pled)
LEGAL [T] › to say in a court of law if you are guilty or not guilty of the crime you have been accused of: He pleaded not guilty to five felony charges.
ASK [I] › to ask for something in a strong and emotional way: "You must believe me!" she pleaded. He pleaded with her to come back. She pleaded for mercy.
EXCUSE [T] › to say something as an excuse: You'll just have to plead ignorance (= say you did not know).
plead sb's case/cause › to say something to try to help someone get what they want or avoid punishment