[ plej ]
/ plɛdʒ /
a solemn promise or agreement to do or refrain from doing something: a pledge of aid; a pledge not to wage war.
something delivered as security for the payment of a debt or fulfillment of a promise, and subject to forfeiture on failure to pay or fulfill the promise.
the state of being given or held as security: to put a thing in pledge.
- the act of delivering goods, property, etc., to another for security.
- the resulting legal relationship.
something given or regarded as a security.
a person accepted for membership in a club, fraternity, or sorority, but not yet formally approved.
an assurance of support or goodwill conveyed by drinking a person's health; a toast.
- a hostage.
- a person who becomes bail or surety for another.
verb (used with object), pledged, pledg·ing.
to bind by or as if by a pledge: to pledge hearers to secrecy.
to promise solemnly: to pledge one's support.
to give or deposit as a pledge; pawn.
to stake, as one's honor.
to secure by a pledge; give a pledge for.
to accept as a pledge for club, fraternity, or sorority membership.
to drink a health or toast to.
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.
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Idioms for pledge
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
OTHER WORDS FROM pledge
pledge·a·ble, adjectivepledger, nounpledgeless, adjectivein·ter·pledge, verb (used with object), in·ter·pledged, in·ter·pledg·ing.
pre·pledge, verb (used with object), pre·pledged, pre·pledg·ing; nounquasi-pledge, verb, qua·si-pledged, qua·si-pledg·ing.re·pledge, verb (used with object), re·pledged, re·pledg·ing, nounun·pledged, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pledge
/ (plɛdʒ) /
a formal or solemn promise or agreement, esp to do or refrain from doing something
- collateral for the payment of a debt or the performance of an obligation
- 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 forms of pledgepledgable, 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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