- 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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These included a pledge to force ANC members who face criminal charges to step aside, an obligation for all officeholders to declare their financial interests, and new limitations on ANC leaders and their families doing business with the state.The Corruption Battle Shaping South Africa’s Future|Charu Kasturi|November 9, 2020|Ozy
These electors who break that pledge are called faithless electors.Faithless electors could decide the tight 2020 election|Lance Lambert|November 4, 2020|Fortune
The stock has been bolstered by management’s pledge to pay a $75 billion dividend annually for five years after the completion of last December’s initial public offering.Saudi Aramco is still promising a dividend—even though it hasn’t got the cash|kdunn6|November 3, 2020|Fortune
Electors in some states are required to vote for the candidate who wins their state’s popular vote or to sign a pledge saying they will do so.
The gathering has now been rescheduled for next year, effectively giving nations more time to update the pledges they made five years ago and promised to increase over time.The U.S. will leave the Paris climate accord on Nov. 4. But voters will decide for how long.|Steven Mufson, Brady Dennis|October 30, 2020|Washington Post
Frey, the Summer, god of the fruitful year, the pledger of his sword.The Heroes of Asgard|Annie Keary
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)