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pledge

noun \ ˈplej \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of pledge

1 a : 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
2 a : 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
5 : toast 2
6 a : 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

Examples of pledge in a Sentence

  1. He has promised to fulfill a campaign pledge to cut taxes.

  2. To make a pledge or donation, please call the charity's office.

  3. The company has made a pledge of over $3,000.

  4. He left his car as a pledge that he would return with the money.

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Origin and Etymology of pledge

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

verb

Definition of pledge

pledged; pledging
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

pledger

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

Examples of pledge in a Sentence

  1. Her family pledged $100,000 toward the construction of a new school.

  2. He called to pledge money to the charity.

  3. Every morning, we pledge allegiance to the flag.

  4. teenagers who have pledged not to start smoking

  5. During his campaign, he pledged that he would not raise taxes.

  6. The chefs are pledged to keep the restaurant's special recipe a secret.

  7. He pledged his paintings as collateral for a loan.

Recent Examples of pledge from the Web

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First Known Use of pledge

15th century

pledge Synonyms



PLEDGE Defined for English Language Learners

pledge

noun

Definition of pledge for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of pledge for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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pledge

noun \ ˈplej \

Definition of pledge for Students

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

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pledge

verb

Definition of pledge for Students

pledged; pledging
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)

Law Dictionary

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pledge

noun \ ˈplej \

legal Definition of pledge

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
2 a : 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
3 a : 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

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pledge

transitive verb

legal Definition of pledge

pledged; pledging
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 honor
  • Declaration of Independence
3 : to assure or promise the performance or payment of

pledgor

play \ˈple-jər, ple-ˈjȯr\ or pledger play \ˈple-jər\ noun


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