Definition of implead in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpliːd/


[with object] Law
Prosecute or take proceedings against.
Example sentences
  • The first was that the King could not be impleaded in his own courts.
  • The judge said that this phraseology strongly suggested to him that the relevant charterer had to be exposed to one or more of the prescribed claims ‘in a setting analogous to that which would usually implead an owner’.
  • If a foreign burgess impleads a resident burgess of debt, regardless of the amount of the debt, then either is to be at his law.


Late Middle English emplede, from Old French empleidier, based on plaid (see plea).

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