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.

Nearby words

  1. plecopteran,
  2. plectognath,
  3. plectron,
  4. plectrum,
  5. pled,
  6. pledge of allegiance,
  7. pledged delegate,
  8. pledgee,
  9. pledget,
  10. pledgor


    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



a formal or solemn promise or agreement, esp to do or refrain from doing something
  1. collateral for the payment of a debt or the performance of an obligation
  2. the condition of being collateral (esp in the phrase in pledge)
a sign, token, or indicationthe gift is a pledge of their sincerity
an assurance of support or goodwill, conveyed by drinking to a person, cause, etc; toastwe drank a pledge to their success
a person who binds himself, as by becoming bail or surety for another
sign the pledge or take the pledge to make a vow to abstain from alcoholic drink


to promise formally or solemnlyhe pledged allegiance
(tr) to bind or secure by or as if by a pledgethey were pledged to secrecy
to give, deposit, or offer (one's word, freedom, property, etc) as a guarantee, as for the repayment of a loan
to drink a toast to (a person, cause, etc)
Derived Formspledgable, 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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Word Origin and History for pledge
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