pledge

[ plej ]
/ plɛdʒ /

noun

verb (used with object), pledged, pledg·ing.

verb (used without object), pledged, pledg·ing.

to make or give a pledge: to pledge for someone.
to drink a pledge; toast someone's health, success, etc.

Idioms

    take the pledge, to make a solemn, formal vow to abstain from intoxicating drink.

Origin of pledge

1275–1325; Middle English plege < Anglo-French < early Medieval Latin plevium, plebium, derivative of plebīre to pledge < Germanic; compare Old English plēon to risk, German pflegen to look after. See plight2

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British Dictionary definitions for pledge

pledge

/ (plɛdʒ) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

pledgable, adjective

Word Origin for pledge

C14: 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
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