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

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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But current pledges are not enough to limit warming to 2°Celsius this century above preindustrial levels, the target under the Paris accord. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Winters are warming faster than summers. These US cities could lose weeks of freezing days by 2050.," 21 Dec. 2018 To keep that pledge, the South would need waivers from United Nations Security Council sanctions on North Korea, something Trump appears ready to agree to provide to the South, China and Japan. Oren Dorell, USA TODAY, "Here's Kim Jong Un's wish list for the Singapore summit with President Trump," 6 June 2018 But apparently, there are some people in the ranks of the U.S. Marine Corps who have really taken that pledge to heart. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Active-Duty Marine Moonlights as Leader of Violent White Supremacist Group: Report," 8 May 2018 That pledge implies Apple still has $145 billion to spend, based on its net cash through March, down from $163 billion at the end of 2017. Michael Liedtke, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. tax cuts fuel Apple's plan for $100 billion stock buyback," 1 May 2018 The May unveil of the Xbox Adaptive Controller included a pledge from Microsoft: the company didn't care if other gaming companies jumped on board, or even piggybacked on Microsoft's product, to get more limited-mobility users into console gaming. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nintendo joins the limited-mobility club with Xbox Adaptive Controller (unofficially)," 26 Nov. 2018 By the early 2000s, the district’s next campaign for change was aimed at improving its most underperforming schools, aided in part by a $135,000 pledge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Daniel Duane, WIRED, "How the Startup Mentality Failed Kids in San Francisco," 28 June 2018 In the past week, Ball State has picked up a commitment from Franklin outside linebacker Clayton Coll and Indiana State received a pledge from Lawrence North outside linebacker Deon Pettiford. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "HS notebook: Guerin names new basketball coach; Tate headed to Division II school," 27 June 2018 Herm Edwards, the first-year head coach at Arizona State, landed a verbal pledge from Arlington Bowie athlete Ty DeArman over the weekend. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Arlington Bowie prospect commits to Pac-12 program led by former NFL head coach," 18 June 2018

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The numbers are largely bad all around, even considering that last year 45 festivals around the world pledged gender parity in their lineups by 2022. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Is Only the Fourth Woman Ever to Headline Coachella," 3 Jan. 2019 Still, Dick’s continues to pledge corporate responsibility. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018 With plenty of countries, states, cities, and companies pledging to go 100 percent renewable by 2050, the number of both solar panels and wind turbines is expected to skyrocket. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "We Might Not Have Enough Materials for All the Solar Panels and Wind Turbines We Need," 13 Dec. 2018 Uber, which shut down its driverless vehicle testing program to conduct an internal review of its safety procedures, also released a safety report pledging to put two human backup drivers inside of each test vehicle. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Viral game-show app HQ Trivia faces some existential questions," 5 Nov. 2018 On the first day, Turkey held up proceedings, requesting a change of status from developed country to developing in an effort to tap billions in climate financing pledged by advanced economies. Emre Peker, WSJ, "Negotiators Agree on Rulebook to Help Curb Climate Change," 15 Dec. 2018 Hourglass, which is also a cruelty-free brand, just pledged to kick it up a notch and go vegan by 2020. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "California Passes Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act to Ban the Sale of Animal-Tested Beauty Products [Updated]," 5 Sep. 2018 The county has pledged funding for the program for six years with a $747,000 budget, funded by both outside sponsorships and county dollars. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "County hopes to double use of bikeshare program in second year," 9 July 2018 Uzi’s tweet also included a call for other celebrities to assist his endeavors; thus far, Nicki Minaj, Lil Yachty, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie have all pledged their support. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Terry Crews and the Discomfort of Masculine Anxiety," 29 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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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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