- 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
Synonyms for pledge
Related Words for unpledgedneutral, uninvolved, unaffiliated, unattached, floating, laid-back, nonaligned, nonpartisan, restrained, free-spirited
Examples from the Web for unpledged
Historical Examples of unpledged
Then he came into town hungry, greasy and ragged, but unpledged.Remarks
Thine oath will weigh down thine arm in battle, but we, who are all unpledged, are free to fight in defence of our realm.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
The available, unpledged revenue of the kingdom hardly amounted to five millions of dollars a-year.History of the United Netherlands, 1600-09, Vol. IV. Complete
John Lothrop Motley
For seven hundred years preceding, its successive rulers held their brilliant court unfettered and unpledged.A Midsummer Drive Through The Pyrenees
Edwin Asa Dix
- collateral for the payment of a debt or the performance of an obligation
- the condition of being collateral (esp in the phrase in pledge)
Word Origin for pledge
mid-14c., "surety, bail," from Old French plege (Modern French pleige) "hostage, security, bail," probably from Frankish *plegan "to guarantee," from *pleg-, a West Germanic root meaning "have responsibility for" (cf. Old Saxon plegan "vouch for," Middle Dutch plien "to answer for, guarantee," Old High German pflegan "to care for, be accustomed to," Old English pleon "to risk the loss of, expose to danger;" see plight (v.)).
Meaning "allegiance vow attested by drinking with another" is from 1630s. Sense of "solemn promise" first recorded 1814, though this notion is from 16c. in the verb. Weekley notes the "curious contradiction" in pledge (v.) "to toast with a drink" (1540s) and pledge (n.) "the vow to abstain from drinking" (1833). Meaning "student who has agreed to join a fraternity or sorority" dates from 1901.
c.1400, "to promise" (something to someone), "to give over as security for repayment," also "promise faith to," from pledge (n.) and from Old French plegier, from plege (n.). From mid-15c. as "to stand surety for, be responsible for;" late 15c. as "to mortgage." Meaning "put (someone) under oath" is from 1570s; sense of "to solemnly promise or guarantee" is from 1590s, as is sense "to drink a toast." Related: Pledged; pledging.