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[in-ter-seed] /ˌɪn tərˈsid/
verb (used without object), interceded, interceding.
to act or interpose in behalf of someone in difficulty or trouble, as by pleading or petition:
to intercede with the governor for a condemned man.
to attempt to reconcile differences between two people or groups; mediate.
Roman History. (of a tribune or other magistrate) to interpose a veto.
Origin of intercede
1570-80; < Latin intercēdere. See inter-, cede
Related forms
interceder, noun
preintercede, verb (used without object), preinterceded, preinterceding.
1, 2. intervene. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for intercede
  • Peasants bring her gifts in hopes that she will intercede for them.
  • These martyrs are so solicitous to intercede for us, that they suffer not that they should be prayed to in vain.
  • But the river dries up after a drought and his devotees start looking to him to intercede with the gods.
  • In the months between her arrest and his own, these friends were the first people her husband contacted with pleas to intercede.
  • Police officers approached the podium, ready to intercede.
  • intercede only when the problem or conflict threatens important business results or customer relationships.
  • These chosen individuals may be called upon by tribal members to intercede on behalf of an individual in need.
  • Email the faculty member, copying the departmental administrator or possibly the department chair who may be able to intercede.
  • Lenders are also encouraged to intercede early in disagreements between borrowers and contractors.
  • intercede only when the problem or conflict threatens important objectives or key relationships.
British Dictionary definitions for intercede


verb (intransitive)
(often foll by in) to come between parties or act as mediator or advocate: to intercede in the strike
(Roman history) (of a tribune or other magistrate) to interpose a veto
Derived Forms
interceder, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin intercēdere to intervene, from inter- + cēdere to move
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Word Origin and History for intercede

1570s, a back-formation from intercession, or else from Latin intercedere "intervene, come between, be between," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + cedere "go" (see cede). Related: Interceded; interceding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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