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1 [no object] : to ask for something in a serious and emotional way

He begged and pleaded, but she would not change her mind.

— often + for

She pleaded  [=begged]  for forgiveness and got her job back.

pleading for help/mercy

— often + with

He pleaded with the judge not to send him to jail.

2 [+ object] : to try to prove (a case) in a court of law

She couldn't afford a lawyer to plead her case.

3 [no object] : to say in court that you are either guilty or not guilty of a crime : to make a plea

“How do you plead?” asked the judge.

“We plead guilty, Your Honor.”

He pled not guilty by reason of insanity.
[=he said in court that he was not responsible for the crime because he was insane]

He agreed to plead to a lesser charge of manslaughter.

4 [+ object] : to give (something) as a reason or excuse for something

He pleaded that he didn't have enough money to pay his bill.

On that particular issue, I will have to plead ignorance.
[=to say that I do not know anything about it]

5 : to argue in support of (a cause)

[+ object]

They went to plead their cause to the governor.

[no object]

We will plead on your behalf.

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