Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To plead on another's behalf.
  • intransitive verb To act as mediator in a dispute.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To come between; pass or occur intermediately; intervene.
  • To make intercession; act between parties with a view to reconcile those who differ or contend; plead in favor of another; interpose; mediate: followed by with, formerly sometimes by to.
  • To pass between.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To be, to come, or to pass, between; to separate.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To pass between; to intervene.
  • intransitive verb To act between parties with a view to reconcile differences; to make intercession; to beg or plead in behalf of another; to mediate; -- usually followed by with and for or on behalf of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To plea on someone else's behalf.
  • verb intransitive To act as a mediator in a dispute; to arbitrate or mediate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb act between parties with a view to reconciling differences

Etymologies

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

[Latin intercēdere, to intervene : inter-, inter- + cēdere, to go; see ked- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

1570s, from Latin intercēdō, from inter- ("between") + cēdō ("I go") (English cede), literally “to (act as) go-between”.

Examples

  • We 'intercede' with God for the harm they have done us - not with the focus being on the harm we have suffered but on the condemnation from God they have earned by doing us harm.

    Being forgiven and forgiving others are two sides of the same coin - purchasing peace, harmony and unity in the family of God.

  • Paulson doesn't address this subject - and he doesn't go too deeply into what it means to say, as Catholics do, that the saints "intercede" for "those who seek their help."

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  • 'intercede' two brothers walking down the sidewalk.

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  • In big swaths of the country people felt that the federal government had no constitutional right to intercede in their jurisdiction.

    The Good Fight

  • Wallace was campaigning on peace with the Soviets, and that night he defended the Communists by saying Czechoslovakia was having a rightist coup and the Soviets had no choice but to intercede.

    The Good Fight

  • Wallace was campaigning on peace with the Soviets, and that night he defended the Communists by saying Czechoslovakia was having a rightist coup and the Soviets had no choice but to intercede.

    The Good Fight

  • In big swaths of the country people felt that the federal government had no constitutional right to intercede in their jurisdiction.

    The Good Fight

  • Wallace was campaigning on peace with the Soviets, and that night he defended the Communists by saying Czechoslovakia was having a rightist coup and the Soviets had no choice but to intercede.

    The Good Fight

  • We thought Khomeini would probably intercede and free the hostages, or at least talk to us about finding some way to negotiate a settlement.

    The Good Fight

  • We thought Khomeini would probably intercede and free the hostages, or at least talk to us about finding some way to negotiate a settlement.

    The Good Fight

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