WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016 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. v.
to bind (someone) by or as if by a pledge or promise pledged everyone to secrecy. [~ + object + to + object ]
to promise solemnly: to pledge support. [~ + object ] She pledged to support him in the upcoming election. [~ + to + verb + object ] He pledged that he would never betray the trust of the American people. [~ + that clause ] idiom
Idioms take the pledge, to make a vow not to drink alcoholic beverages. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016 pledge
(plej), n., v., pledged, pledg•ing.
a solemn promise or agreement to do or refrain from doing something: a pledge of aid; a pledge not to wage war.
something delivered as security for the payment of a debt or fulfillment of a promise, and subject to forfeiture on failure to pay or fulfill the promise.
the state of being given or held as security: to put a thing in pledge.
[Law. ] the act of delivering goods, property, etc., to another for security.
the resulting legal relationship.
something given or regarded as a security.
a person accepted for membership in a club, fraternity, or sorority, but not yet formally approved.
an assurance of support or goodwill conveyed by drinking a person's health; a toast.
a person who becomes bail or surety for another.
Idioms take the pledge, to make a solemn, formal vow to abstain from intoxicating drink. v.t.
to bind by or as if by a pledge: to pledge hearers to secrecy.
to promise solemnly: to pledge one's support.
to give or deposit as a pledge; pawn.
to stake, as one's honor.
to secure by a pledge; give a pledge for.
to accept as a pledge for club, fraternity, or sorority membership.
to drink a health or toast to. v.i.
to make or give a pledge: to pledge for someone. to drink a pledge; toast someone's health, success, etc.
Gmc; compare Old English plēon to risk, German pflegen to look after. See plight 2 early Medieval Latin plevium, plebium, derivative of plebīre to pledge Anglo-French Middle English plege 1275–1325
pledge ′a•ble, adj.
pledg ′er, n.
pledge ′less, adj.
2 . warranty, surety, guaranty.
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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 vb 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) Etymology: 14 th 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 for ˈpledgable adj
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