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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Other Words from pledge

Verb

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

Synonyms for pledge

Synonyms: Noun

gage, guarantee, guaranty, pawn, security

Synonyms: Verb

commit, engage, mortgage, troth

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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

The Cincinnati Bearcats' football coaching staff landed a Fourth of July verbal pledge from a class of 2020 recruit on Thursday. Fletcher Page, Cincinnati.com, "UC football lands pledge from Ohio ATH Tyler Scott," 4 July 2019 In 2016, a biennial report that had long served as an industry-wide pledge to sustain Moore’s law gave up and switched to other ways of defining progress. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Intel's New Chip Wizard Has a Plan to Bring Back the Magic," 3 July 2019 While many tourism companies — like TripAdvisor — have signed WAP’s elephant-friendly pledge, others, like EF Education First have taken animal welfare a step further. Juliet Pennington, BostonGlobe.com, "No more elephant rides and horse-drawn carriages: Visitors, tour companies put focus on animal welfare," 3 July 2019 Get our daily newsletter Mr Biden’s campaign pledge is to take America back to how things were under Barack Obama, whose enduring popularity on the left, especially among non-white voters, is by far his biggest advantage. Lexington | Washington, The Economist, "Joe Biden struggles in the Democratic primary debate," 28 June 2019 In 2018, Dream Defenders was able to collect pledges from Democratic Reps. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "Activists Urge Florida Democrats to Return Donations From Private Prison Contractor," 27 June 2019 The Aggies now have 13 pledges, with nine on offense and four on defense. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Aggies add another hefty defender to 2020 mix," 25 June 2019 Her proposals for rent assistance and a middle-class tax credit of up to $6,000 per year, her campaign staff argues, provide more short-term tangible benefits than, say, more dramatic moves like Warren’s pledge to break up big tech companies. Jaime Welton, The Mercury News, "Kamala Harris, eyeing a prime debate opportunity, still looking for her political niche," 23 June 2019 Leibold said that China's ethnic policies have shifted between pledges to protect minorities' distinct identities and assimilating their unique cultures into the Han mainstream. Don Giolzetti, CNN, "'Uncle Petrov' is the ethnic Russian streaming star making China question what it means to be Chinese," 22 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The company has pledged to deliver 360,000 to 400,000 vehicles in 2019, a goal many analysts predict will be difficult to meet. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Tesla delivers record number of cars, shares up 8%," 2 July 2019 Lam, who has come under withering criticism for trying to push the legislation through, pledged to be more responsive to public sentiment but has not responded directly to protesters' demands. Ken Moritsugu, chicagotribune.com, "Protests escalate as Hong Kong marks handover to China," 1 July 2019 Lam, who has come under withering criticism for trying to push the legislation through, pledged to be more responsive to public sentiment but has not responded directly to protesters’ demands. Ken Moritsugo, SFChronicle.com, "Hong Kong protesters target legislature in violent display of rage," 1 July 2019 Lam, who has come under withering criticism for trying to push the legislation through, pledged to be more responsive to public sentiment but has not responded directly to protesters’ demands. Ken Moritsugu, The Denver Post, "Protesters in Hong Kong break into legislature, paint logos," 1 July 2019 Government officials have repeatedly pledged to deal with the problem but their attempts have been half-hearted, at best. The Economist, "Thousands of children are abused in Senegal’s religious schools," 11 June 2019 Poma said the foundation's raised $14 million of its $45 million goal for construction, most of which the county pledged. Scottie Andrew And Jamiel Lynch, CNN, "Florida lawmakers want to make the Pulse nightclub site a national memorial," 11 June 2019 But the Mexican government had already pledged to do that in March during secret talks in Miami between Kirstjen Nielsen, then the secretary of homeland security, and Olga Sanchez, the Mexican secretary of the interior, the officials said. Maggie Haberman, BostonGlobe.com, "Mexico relented on border issues long before Trump announced tariffs deal," 8 June 2019 But the Mexican government had already pledged to do that in March during secret talks in Miami between Kirstjen Nielsen, then the secretary of homeland security, and Olga Sanchez, the Mexican secretary of the interior, the officials said. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "Mexico Agreed to Take Border Actions Months Before Trump Announced Tariff Deal," 8 June 2019

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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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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
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 pledgor (audio) \ or pledger \ ˈple-​jər How to pronounce pledger (audio) \ noun

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