Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To sue at law.
  • transitive v. To institute and prosecute a suit against, in court; to sue or prosecute at law; hence, to accuse; to impeach.

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.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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.

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