|Origin:||plaidier, from plaid; PLEA|
1 [intransitive and transitive]
to ask for something that you want very much, in a sincere and emotional way [= beg]:
'Don't go!' Robert pleaded.
Civil rights groups pleaded for government help.
plead with somebody (to do something)
Moira pleaded with him to stay.
2 past tense and past participle pleaded or pled especially American English [intransitive,transitive not in passive] law
to state in a court of law whether or not you are guilty of a crime
plead guilty/not guilty/innocent
Henderson pled guilty to burglary.
3 past tense and past participle pleaded also pled American English formal
to give a particular excuse for your actions:
She stayed home from work, pleading illness.