- the act of delivering goods, property, etc., to another for security.
- the resulting legal relationship.
- a hostage.
- a person who becomes bail or surety for another.
verb (used with object), pledged, pledg·ing.
verb (used without object), pledged, pledg·ing.
Origin of pledge
Synonyms for pledge
Related Words for pledgeword, agreement, vow, promise, oath, assurance, guarantee, toast, covenant, health, warrant, undertaking, warranty, collateral, guaranty, pawn, bail, earnest, token, deposit
Examples from the Web for pledge
Contemporary Examples of pledge
“It is our Islamic obligation to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State and give it our Islamic fealty,” he said.ISIS Targets Afghanistan Just as the U.S. Quits
Sami Yousafzai, Christopher Dickey
December 19, 2014
I pledge to conduct a full and fair investigation and to give the grand jury all of the information necessary to do its job.New York's Next Killer-Cop Grand Jury
December 6, 2014
And with new leadership in Washington we will stand together and pledge to listen to the American people.In Texas, Cruz, Perry Crow Over GOP Rout
November 5, 2014
Voters fill out their name, address, phone number and sign a pledge that they will “commit to vote.”The Democrats’ Simple Midterm Weapon
November 4, 2014
The video is accompanied by a photograph of a young black girl wrapped tightly in Kevlar, and a pledge card asking people to vote.Can Ferguson Swing the Election?
October 26, 2014
Historical Examples of pledge
Our pledge was not merely to do a patchwork job with secondhand materials.
To that effort I pledge all my strength and every power of my office.
Our pledge to these principles is constant, because we believe in their rightness.
Come, my daughter, shake hands with this gentleman, and pledge him your troth.The Imaginary Invalid
To pledge herself to him as wife was impossible; she could not do it; she would not.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
- collateral for the payment of a debt or the performance of an obligation
- the condition of being collateral (esp in the phrase in pledge)
Word Origin for pledge
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.