Meaning of “plead” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb uk us /pliːd/ (past tense and past participle pleaded, also US pled)

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.

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

(Definition of “plead” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)