Pronunciation: (plēd),[key] —v.,plead•ed or pled; plead•ing.
—v.i. 1. to appeal or entreat earnestly: to plead for time. 2. to use arguments or persuasions, as with a person, for or against something: She pleaded with him not to take the job. 3. to afford an argument or appeal: His youth pleads for him. 4. Law. a. to make any allegation or plea in an action at law.
b. to put forward an answer on the part of a defendant to a legal declaration or charge.
c. to address a court as an advocate.
d. Obs.to prosecute a suit or action at law.
—v.t. 1. to allege or urge in defense, justification, or excuse: to plead ignorance. 2. Law. a. to maintain (a cause) by argument before a court.
b. to allege or set forth (something) formally in an action at law.
c. to allege or cite in legal defense: to plead a statute of limitations.