- 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
Examples from the Web for pledge
“It is our Islamic obligation to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State and give it our Islamic fealty,” he said.
I pledge to conduct a full and fair investigation and to give the grand jury all of the information necessary to do its job.
And with new leadership in Washington we will stand together and pledge to listen to the American people.
Voters fill out their name, address, phone number and sign a pledge that they will “commit to vote.”
Four years later, more than 125 billionaires took the pledge, including Zuckerberg.How Does Zuckerberg’s Ebola Pledge Measure Up To Other Bigwig Donations?|Nina Strochlic|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Send to Harold mildly, and gently remind him of oath and of relics—of treaty and pledge.Harold, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
On seeking re-election in York, he declined to give any pledge on the burning question of the Clergy Reserves and was defeated.
No; he breaks this one treasure in two, that both the poor things may have a silver token of love and a pledge of his return.Love Me Little, Love Me Long|Charles Reade
The Mary-Anne societies are not strong enough for the situation—too local; he listens to them, but he has given no pledge.Lothair|Benjamin Disraeli
I have had to pledge the last pearl of the chaplet, but I knew that Meg would redeem it.'Stray Pearls|Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for pledge
- collateral for the payment of a debt or the performance of an obligation
- the condition of being collateral (esp in the phrase in pledge)