pledge

noun
\ ˈplej \

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 \ or pledgor \ˈple-jər, ple-ˈjȯr \ noun

Synonyms for pledge

Synonyms: Noun

oath, promise, troth, vow, word

Synonyms: Verb

covenant, promise, swear, vow

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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

One really bad thing he’s seized upon is the failure of many of NATO’s 29 members to meet their 2014 pledge of spending 2 percent of GDP on defense. Andrew Malcolm, SFChronicle.com, "Will Trump stand up to Putin or fall for him?," 12 July 2018 Schnatter already had provided $400,000 of his $800,000 pledge for the $1.8 million renovation project, Moore said. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Jeffersonville doesn't want John Schnatter's money, mayor says," 12 July 2018 Twitter is making good on its pledge to purge frozen accounts from its users' follower counts. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "Donald Trump, Katy Perry Hit By Twitter Follower Purge," 12 July 2018 Officials at the University of Missouri-Kansas City said a report on the donations and pledges received there won't be available until later this month. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "MU’s record fundraising crosses $1 billion, a sign of recovery from 2015 protests," 11 July 2018 Less than an hour ago right behind me, President Trump fulfilled a campaign pledge and nominated a staunch Conservative to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court of the United States. Fox News, "Leonard Leo on why Trump appointed Judge Kavanaugh," 10 July 2018 As part of their pledge to Iyamu, the women promised to pay her gang up to $44,000 for their passage to Germany. Paula Rogo, Essence.com, "'Voodoo Nurse' Sentenced For Sex Trafficking Vulnerable Nigerian Women," 5 July 2018 Has China met its pledge 15 years early or is this just a bump in an otherwise rising road caused by a temporary economic downturn? Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Energy shifts could mean China’s carbon emissions are done growing," 5 July 2018 China, meanwhile, fulfilled a pledge to slash tariffs on imported cars Sunday, but Beijing is preparing to slap an additional 25% tariff on U.S. auto imports this Friday. Allison Prang, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks End Slightly Higher," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And Democrats have started arguing that Kavanaugh should pledge to recuse himself from issues related to Trump. Matt Viser, BostonGlobe.com, "For questions of presidential power, Brett Kavanaugh has several answers," 14 July 2018 Though pledged to defend one another, NATO nations have not always seen eye-to-eye. David Rising, Fox News, "A look at NATO and what the alliance does, past and present," 13 July 2018 Boyd and Greenup counties also granted the company a 20-year property tax exemption, though the company has pledged to contribute to public schools. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Bevin administration ordered to pay for withholding public records," 5 July 2018 Washington is due to start charging tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese imports as of Friday while Beijing has pledged to retaliate with equal tariffs on $34 billion in U.S. goods. Gerry Shih, The Seattle Times, "China says “fully prepared” if trade war kicks off this week," 3 July 2018 But unless nominees voluntarily pledge to step down after 18 years (which would effectively be a form of unilateral disarmament if only one party’s nominees take that pledge), term limits would require a constitutional amendment to enact. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Court-packing, Democrats’ nuclear option for the Supreme Court, explained," 2 July 2018 Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have met twice since April, pledging to strengthen bilateral ties. Karthikeyan Sundaram, Bloomberg.com, "Trump's Trade War Pushes China Closer to Old Foe India," 28 June 2018 The Mexican national team created a video in 2016 pledging to rid its fanbase of the chant. Julia Poe, SI.com, "Chicharito Urges Mexican Fans to Stop Using Homophobic Chant at World Cup," 20 June 2018 The new rules will give internet service providers more control over the type of content that consumers can access; Comcast, Verizon and AT&T have all pledged to not block or discriminate against legal content after the net neutrality rules expire. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Trump leaves a rocky G7 summit to meet with Kim Jong-un in Singapore," 11 June 2018

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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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the Pledge of Allegiance

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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 \

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 \

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 \ or pledger \ˈple-jər \ noun

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