from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To sue in court in response to an earlier pleading.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To sue in court, to raise an action against a defendant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To institute and prosecute a suit against, in court; to sue or prosecute at law; hence, to accuse; to impeach.
- intransitive v. To sue at law.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To sue or prosecute by judicial proceedings: as, the corporation shall have power to plead and be impleaded.
- To impeach; accuse.
Middle English empleden, from Anglo-Norman empleder, variant of Old French emplaider : en-, intensive pref. (from Latin in-; see in-2) + plaidier, to plead; see plead.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)