plea noun

1 request

ADJ. desperate, dramatic, strong, urgent | heartfelt, impassioned, passionate | repeated | personal

VERB + PLEA make | ignore

PREP. despite a/the ~, in spite of a/the ~ Despite pleas from his mother, the gunman refused to give himself up. | ~ by/from Hospital visiting hours were extended in response to pleas from patients. | ~ for The director of the charity made an impassioned plea for help.

2 statement in court

ADJ. guilty | not guilty

VERB + PLEA enter | hear | change | accept, sustain The prosecution accepted a plea of manslaughter. | support | reject

PLEA + NOUN bargain, bargaining

PREP. ~ for A senior judge heard a plea for damages on behalf of the accident victims. | ~ of Her solicitor entered a plea of guilty on her behalf.