pledge

noun
\ ˈplej How to pronounce pledge (audio) \

Definition of pledge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a bailment of a chattel as security for a debt or other obligation without involving transfer of title
b : the chattel so delivered
c : the contract incidental to such a bailment
2a : the state of being held as a security or guaranty
b : something given as security for the performance of an act
3 : a token, sign, or earnest of something else
4 : a gage of battle
6a : a binding promise or agreement to do or forbear
b(1) : a promise to join a fraternity, sorority, or secret society
(2) : a person who has so promised

pledge

verb
pledged; pledging

Definition of pledge (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make a pledge of especially : pawn
2 : to drink to the health of
3 : to bind by a pledge
4 : to promise the performance of by a pledge

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Verb

pledger \ ˈple-​jər How to pronounce pledge (audio) \ or pledgor \ ˈple-​jər How to pronounce pledge (audio) , ple-​ˈjȯr \ noun

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Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of pledge in a Sentence

Noun He has promised to fulfill a campaign pledge to cut taxes. To make a pledge or donation, please call the charity's office. The company has made a pledge of over $3,000. He left his car as a pledge that he would return with the money. Verb Her family pledged $100,000 toward the construction of a new school. He called to pledge money to the charity. Every morning, we pledge allegiance to the flag. teenagers who have pledged not to start smoking During his campaign, he pledged that he would not raise taxes. The chefs are pledged to keep the restaurant's special recipe a secret. He pledged his paintings as collateral for a loan.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun France’s High Council on Climate warned over the summer that the country was not on track to meet its pledge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent compared with 1990 levels by the end of the decade. Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2022 Certainly, if Kentucky or any other state with an Intercept or Aid program failed to honor their pledge of financial assistance, they would be taken to the municipal bond woodshed by the capital market. Marilyn Cohen, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Iran has responded to Israeli threats of military force with a pledge of retaliation. Dov Lieber, WSJ, 22 Dec. 2021 The judge has denied her bail repeatedly, despite her lawyer’s arguments that the pledge of her $22.5 million estate and a willingness to be watched 24 hours a day by armed guards would guarantee her appearance in court. Larry Neumeister, Tom Hays, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Dec. 2021 The judge has denied her bail repeatedly, despite her lawyer’s arguments that the pledge of her $22.5 million estate and a willingness to be watched 24 hours a day by armed guards would guarantee her appearance in court. Larry Neumeister And Tom Hays, USA TODAY, 20 Dec. 2021 The former Nevada coach flipped Ross-Simmons’ commitment from the Wolf Pack and pulled Oxley away from a San Diego State pledge. Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2021 Liquidity risk concerns have persisted, even after a recent share placement and the firm’s pledge of its Shanghai headquarters for financing. Fortune, 14 Dec. 2021 Lauren Gray, the International Rescue Committee’s senior director of global corporate partnerships, said Airbnb partnered with the group in 2017, which led to a larger partnership — a four-year pledge of $4 million in cash and housing credits. Glenn Gamboa, chicagotribune.com, 8 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Its position is complicated by the Biden administration's inability to pledge that a future Republican administration would honor any deal. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 29 Dec. 2021 Regulators’ concerns about the deal’s competitive effects have led the companies to pledge to divest some of their businesses. Matt Grossman, WSJ, 27 Dec. 2021 The Russian demands would oblige Washington and its allies to pledge to halt NATO's eastward expansion to include other ex-Soviet republics and rescind a 2008 promise of membership to Ukraine and Georgia. Arkansas Online, 18 Dec. 2021 The Russian demands would oblige Washington and its allies to pledge to halt NATO’s eastward expansion to include other ex-Soviet republics and rescind a 2008 promise of membership to Ukraine and Georgia. Vladimir Isachenkov And Lorne Cook, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Dec. 2021 Paul Heyman didn’t necessarily pledge his allegiance to Brock Lesnar just yet. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 25 Dec. 2021 In April 2020, one month after the global coronavirus pandemic began, the entrepreneur took to Twitter to pledge $1 billion of his Square equity to COVID-19 relief. Janine Puhak, PEOPLE.com, 29 Nov. 2021 Developing-world officials feared rich nations, which were due to pledge more money, were using the moment as leverage to impose their priorities. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, 18 Oct. 2021 The firm, which the New York Times reported will donate its share of $500,000 in fees to its foundation, cited the principle that civil servants pledge their loyalty to the Constitution, not one person or political party. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of pledge

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pledge

Noun

Middle English plegge security, from Anglo-French plege, from Late Latin plebium, from *plebere to pledge, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German pflegan to take care of — more at plight

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15 Jan 2022

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“Pledge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pledge. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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pledge

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pledge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a serious promise or agreement
: a promise to give money
: something that you leave with another person as a way to show that you will keep your promise

pledge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pledge (Entry 2 of 2)

: to formally promise to give or do (something)
: to cause (someone) to formally promise something
: to give (something) as a way to show that you will keep your promise to someone

pledge

noun
\ ˈplej How to pronounce pledge (audio) \

Kids Definition of pledge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a promise or agreement that must be kept
2 : something handed over to another to ensure that the giver will keep his or her promise or agreement
3 : a promise to give money

pledge

verb
pledged; pledging

Kids Definition of pledge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to promise to give I pledge allegiance.
2 : to cause (someone) to promise something He pledged himself to secrecy.
3 : to give as assurance of a promise (as of repayment of a loan)

pledge

noun
\ ˈplej How to pronounce pledge (audio) \

Legal Definition of pledge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a delivery of especially personal property as security for a debt or other obligation broadly : the perfection of a security interest in collateral through possession of the collateral by a creditor or other promisee
2a : property and especially personal property that is used as security especially upon delivery broadly : a security interest in collateral — compare chattel mortgage at mortgage
b : a contract under which the delivery of property (as personal property) as security takes place
3a : the state of being held as security or guaranty property held in pledge
b : something given as security for the performance of an act
4 : a binding promise to do or forbear

pledge

transitive verb
pledged; pledging

Legal Definition of pledge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to deliver or otherwise put forward as security for a debt or other obligation pledged his car as collateral for the loan
2 : to bind by a pledge we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honorDeclaration of Independence
3 : to assure or promise the performance or payment of

Other Words from pledge

pledgor \ ˈple-​jər, ple-​ˈjȯr How to pronounce pledge (audio) \ or pledger \ ˈple-​jər How to pronounce pledge (audio) \ noun

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