- 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.
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Two days after China’s announcement on export controls, ByteDance issued a contrite pledge to “strictly follow” the new rules.How Trump’s TikTok ban pushed China’s most independent tech billionaire closer to Beijing|claychandler|September 10, 2020|Fortune
As lots of companies make pledges and commitments, people fear this will be another hot news cycle, and the conversation about race in corporate America is going to die off.
That’s the question employees inside media companies are starting to ask about their employers’ diversity and inclusion pledges.
Oxford backed off from its open-license pledge after the Gates Foundation urged it to find a big-company partner to get its vaccine to market.Oxford’s COVID vaccine deal with AstraZeneca raises concerns about access and pricing|lbelanger225|August 24, 2020|Fortune
The pledge made last year was for the long term, as the business leaders committed to “the future success of our companies, our communities, and our country.”
“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.
Lohse rushes Sigma Alpha Epsilon, gets a bid, endures pledge term, and then submits to the dehumanizing rigors of Hell Night.
And with new leadership in Washington we will stand together and pledge to listen to the American people.
The filled out pledge cards are then mailed back to voters shortly before Election Day as a way to remind them to vote.
That his friend had withdrawn, was a pledge of his pacific wishes; and, with a lightened countenance, Louis rose from his knee.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
They accepted baptism as a sort of sacred pledge of friendship and alliance with the French.
The rich dark coloring is the pledge of your safety—better there than darkening your own brains.
I proposed to accompany him, while we were on the march, and to pledge myself for his honour when we arrived at quarters.
And in these laws they are called to pledge themselves to that obedience by entering into Covenant with Him.The Ordinance of Covenanting|John Cunningham
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)