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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To pass between; to intervene.
  • intransitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To be, to come, or to pass, between; to separate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

  • v. act between parties with a view to reconciling differences


Latin intercēdere, to intervene : inter-, inter- + cēdere, to go; see ked- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1570s, from Latin intercēdō, from inter- ("between") + cēdō ("I go") (English cede), literally “to (act as) go-between”. (Wiktionary)



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