WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
pledge /plɛdʒ/USA pronunciation
n., v., pledged, pledg•ing.
- a solemn promise to do or stop doing something:a pledge of economic aid to the newly independent countries.
- something left behind as security or proof that one will pay a debt or keep a promise.
- something given or thought of as a token, as of friendship or love:Take this ring as a pledge of my love.
- a person accepted for membership in a club, but not yet formally initiated.
- [~ + object + to + object] to bind (someone) by or as if by a pledge or promise:pledged everyone to secrecy.
- to promise solemnly: [~ + object]to pledge support.[~ + to + verb + object]She pledged to support him in the upcoming election.[~ + that clause]He pledged that he would never betray the trust of the American people.
- take the pledge, to make a vow not to drink alcoholic beverages.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
pledge /plɛdʒ/ n
- a formal or solemn promise or agreement, esp to do or refrain from doing something
- collateral for the payment of a debt or the performance of an obligation
- the condition of being collateral (esp in the phrase in pledge)
- a sign, token, or indication: the gift is a pledge of their sincerity
- an assurance of support or goodwill, conveyed by drinking to a person, cause, etc; toast: we drank a pledge to their success
- a person who binds himself, as by becoming bail or surety for another
- sign the pledge, take the pledge ⇒ to make a vow to abstain from alcoholic drink
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French plege, from Late Latin plebium gage, security, from plebīre to pledge, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German pflegan to look after, care forˈpledgable adj
- to promise formally or solemnly
- (transitive) to bind or secure by or as if by a pledge: they were pledged to secrecy
- to give, deposit, or offer (one's word, freedom, property, etc) as a guarantee, as for the repayment of a loan
- to drink a toast to (a person, cause, etc)
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