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English verb: plead

1. plead (communication) appeal or request earnestly

SamplesI pleaded with him to stop.

ExamplesThey plead to move

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)appeal, invoke

Narrower (hyponym)adjure, beg, beseech, bid, conjure, entreat, implore, pray, press

2. plead (communication) offer as an excuse or plea

SamplesShe was pleading insanity.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s Adjective.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)apologise, apologize, excuse, justify, rationalise, rationalize

3. plead (communication) enter a plea, as in courts of law

SamplesShe pleaded not guilty.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s Adjective

Broader (hypernym)declare

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

4. plead (communication) make an allegation in an action or other legal proceeding, especially answer the previous pleading of the other party by denying facts therein stated or by alleging new facts

Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)allege, aver, say

Narrower (hyponym)demur

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

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