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[Anglo-French empleder, from Old French emplaidier, from en- thoroughly + plaidier to plead]
: to bring into a lawsuit
: to bring (a third party who is or may be liable to the plaintiff or defendant) into a suit compare interplead, intervene, join
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.