pledging yourself to another means doing something brave and important.
Eleven years earlier, Gates had set the record for biggest gift of all time by pledging $11 billion to the foundation.
The idea is to stampede others into pledging their money, too.
What madness, then, for the ex-speaker to hamstring himself by pledging not to go negative.
In other words, pledging chastity in the past is strongly associated with a virgin birth.
And the friends proceeded to the Yosemite bar, pledging each other with punctilious ceremony.
An authority to borrow money, by pledging the keel or bottom of the ship.
She knew that she was committing sin in pledging herself to an earthly love.
To drink cosily; the act of touching glasses in pledging a health.
Al Jang-jang who, pledging his own life for it, left his elder brother Arghn and a party of braves in it.
mid-14c., "surety, bail," from Old French plege (Modern French pleige) "hostage, security, bail," probably from Frankish *plegan "to guarantee," from *pleg-, a West Germanic root meaning "have responsibility for" (cf. Old Saxon plegan "vouch for," Middle Dutch plien "to answer for, guarantee," Old High German pflegan "to care for, be accustomed to," Old English pleon "to risk the loss of, expose to danger;" see plight (v.)).
Meaning "allegiance vow attested by drinking with another" is from 1630s. Sense of "solemn promise" first recorded 1814, though this notion is from 16c. in the verb. Weekley notes the "curious contradiction" in pledge (v.) "to toast with a drink" (1540s) and pledge (n.) "the vow to abstain from drinking" (1833). Meaning "student who has agreed to join a fraternity or sorority" dates from 1901.
c.1400, "to promise" (something to someone), "to give over as security for repayment," also "promise faith to," from pledge (n.) and from Old French plegier, from plege (n.). From mid-15c. as "to stand surety for, be responsible for;" late 15c. as "to mortgage." Meaning "put (someone) under oath" is from 1570s; sense of "to solemnly promise or guarantee" is from 1590s, as is sense "to drink a toast." Related: Pledged; pledging.
A student who has agreed to join a certain college fraternity or sorority (1901+ Students)
: Without a second thought MacCrimmon pledged Xi Phi