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

Instead, the French host managed to avert disaster, keep America’s Donald Trump happy, ease trans-Atlantic tensions over a French tech tax and win a pledge from Mr Trump to talk to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron reclaims France’s international role," 31 Aug. 2019 The two sides appear to be closing in on an agreement in which the U.S. would withdraw its forces in return for a pledge from the Taliban to keep the country from being used as a launch pad for global attacks. Washington Post, "A look at the Islamic State affiliate’s rise in Afghanistan," 21 Aug. 2019 The Witte Museum has received a $1 million pledge from the Dawson family that will allow the museum to reach more students with its STEM programming. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "Witte Museum gets $1 million pledge for expansion, renovation of auditorium," 14 Aug. 2019 The El Paso Community Foundation Victims' Relief Fund had received $1.6 million as of this past Sunday, an amount that includes a $50,000 pledge from a nonprofit organization founded by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Fox News, "Here's how to help the mass shooting victims in El Paso and Dayton," 7 Aug. 2019 The two sides appear to be closing in on an agreement in which the U.S. would withdraw its forces in return for a pledge from the Taliban to keep the country from being used as a launch pad for global attacks. Author: Rahim Faiez, Anchorage Daily News, "Death toll in attack at Afghan political office rises to 20," 29 July 2019 Among the rising high school senior class, UC currently holds verbal pledges from two 247Sports.com four-star prospects: linebacker Jaheim Thomas (Princeton) and quarterback Evan Prater (Wyoming). Fletcher Page, Cincinnati.com, "Analysis: Breaking down Luke Fickell's recruiting success with UC Bearcats football," 26 July 2019 Despite garnering $427 million in pledges from its biggest fundraiser ever, the archdiocese continues to face stark financial challenges. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "5 things about the Chicago Archdiocese’s uncertain financial future," 25 July 2019 Brostoff made good on a pledge from a year and a half ago not to cut his hair until the bill, which would change professional licensing standards for interpreters, landed on the governor’s desk. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lawmaker who vowed no haircuts until sign language interpreter bill passed finally gets buzz cut as deaf community cheers," 2 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Biden responded by highlighting his work on red-lining and banking discrimination, and pledging to commit more funding toward school psychologists. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Joe Biden's Democratic Debate Performance Raises Serious Questions About His 2020 Campaign," 13 Sep. 2019 Lamont vetoed a bill that was designed to resolve the issue, but lawmakers backed off in mid-July after pledging to override the veto. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Lawmakers planning for special session later this month," 11 Sep. 2019 Unlike regular fans, stans see themselves as crusaders, pledging loyalty and rushing to their idol’s defense against dissenters. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Superfans: A Love Story," 9 Sep. 2019 Canceling the talks also goes against Trump’s pledge to withdraw the remaining 13,000 to 14,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan and close U.S. involvement in the conflict that is closing in on 18 years. Jonathan Lemire, Twin Cities, "Trump calls off secret meeting with Taliban, Afghan leaders," 7 Sep. 2019 For example, earlier this year, administrators at Middlebury College apologized to students who were upset that a conservative speaker had been invited to campus and pledged to do more to prevent conservative speakers in the future. Katherine Timpf, National Review, "Poll: 73 Percent of Republican Students Have Hidden Their Politics over Fears about Grades," 5 Sep. 2019 After an ugly incident there, it’s Mike who calls the gang back together to honor their long-ago blood oath, the one that pledged to finish the job if Pennywise (Bill Skarsgaard) ever returned to wreak his red-nose havoc again. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "It Chapter Two is down to clown, again — in a bloody, silly, overwrought sequel," 3 Sep. 2019 More than 600 Googlers signed a Medium petition challenging Google executives to pledge not to do business with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement or the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Googlers demand company renounce working with Trump immigration agencies," 15 Aug. 2019 Despite pledging to do so, the city didn't purchase the equipment and last said officers have access to a city app that allows them to put information into the system and see a map, which is still a two-step process. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "After 911 calls fail to save 16-year-old Kyle Plush, his parents sue Cincinnati to get answers they were promised, but never got," 9 Aug. 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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