V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to plead on behalf of someone, especially when the person is about to be punished; 2. to act as a mediator

Synonyms: mediate, advocate, intervene, intrude, assist, arbitrate

Antonyms: remove [oneself], antagonize

Tips: Intercede is derived from the Latin intercedere, which means "intervene, go between." Interceding refers to getting in the middle of something and intervening, but it goes beyond intervening, as you are intervening in order to help someone.

Usage Examples:

The parents of the hostage asked the government to intercede on their son's behalf. (intervene)

She decided not to intercede in the argument because she was afraid of getting hurt. (intervene, intrude)

The mediator interceded between the two arguing parties. (arbitrated)

I would be thankful if you would intercede in this matter on my behalf. (intervene, mediate)

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