Meaning of implead in English:


Pronunciation /ɪmˈpliːd/


[with object]Law
  • Prosecute or take proceedings against.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Becoming somewhat worried by her intransigence, they insisted she make out a deed surrendering her right to implead them for their misconduct.’
    • ‘Wherefore if Demetrius, and the craftsmen which are with him, have a matter against any man, the law is open, and there are deputies: let them implead one another.’
    take to court, bring legal proceedings against, institute legal proceedings against, bring an action against, take legal action against, accuse, cite, summons, sue, try, bring to trial, put on trial, put in the dock, bring a charge against, bring a criminal charge against, charge, prefer charges against, bring a suit against, indict, arraign


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