To plead with someone is to try to convince them to see it your way. Your kids may plead with you to let them go on the super-huge outrageous roller coaster built in 1968, but you know better.

The term plead comes from the word plea, which is from the legal system, where lawyers make a plea to the court and argue a case for their client. To plead is to ask for something from someone, often on the verge of begging. You may plead with the phone company to give an appointment time that spans only three hours, but, regardless of your pleading, they will make you wait eight hours for the technician to finally show.

Definitions of plead
  1. verb
    appeal or request earnestly
    “I pleaded with him to stop”
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    beg, implore, pray
    call upon in supplication; entreat
    adjure, beseech, bid, conjure, entreat, press
    ask for or request earnestly
    plead or ask for earnestly
    ask humbly (for something)
    importune, insist
    beg persistently and urgently
    type of:
    appeal, invoke
    request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection
  2. verb
    offer as an excuse or plea
    “She was pleading insanity”
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    apologise, apologize, excuse, justify, rationalise, rationalize
    defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
  3. verb
    enter a plea, as in courts of law
    “She pleaded not guilty”
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    type of:
    state emphatically and authoritatively
  4. verb
    make an allegation in an action or other legal proceeding, especially answer the previous pleading of the other party by denying facts therein stated or by alleging new facts
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    enter a demurrer
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    allege, aver, say
    report or maintain
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