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

Former detainees who fled overseas say that while they were held captive, they were ordered to renounce their faith and pledge loyalty to the ruling Communist Party through indoctrination tactics reminiscent of the Cultural Revolution. Yanan Wang, The Seattle Times, "Uighurs to China: Post a video of my missing relatives, too," 12 Feb. 2019 Rivian pledges to have its electric pickup and SUV on the road in 2020. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Five EVs We're Fired Up for in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 Trump believes that his campaign pledges, including his much vaunted — and still-unfulfilled — promise to quickly build a U.S.-Mexico border wall, are still rallying cries. Catherine Lucey, The Seattle Times, "Trump escalates immigration rhetoric at rally to boost Cruz," 22 Oct. 2018 The situation calls for grand gestures, and Everlane is leading the pack with a pledge to remove all virgin plastic from its business by 2021 and to introduce of a new material called ReNew made from recycled plastic bottles. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Everlane Is Eliminating Virgin Plastic From Its Business—Starting with a New Outerwear Collection," 17 Oct. 2018 Mnangagwa, who had been fired as Mugabe’s deputy in a ruling party feud shortly before the power transition, took over with pledges to deliver free and fair elections. Farai Mutsaka, USA TODAY, "A ‘cowardly act:’ Authorities say explosion was assassination attempt on Zimbabwe leader," 23 June 2018 Tech employers began to pay attention once engineers organized to publicize their objections, beginning with a pledge not to build a Muslim registry soon after President Donald Trump’s election. Nitasha Tiku, WIRED, "Microsoft's Ethical Reckoning Is Here," 18 June 2018 The Singapore summit capped a swift and astonishing turn of events that began on New Year's Day with a pledge by Kim to reach out to the world now that his nuclear forces have been completed. NBC News, "North Korea basks in 'peace-loving' Kim's summit performance," 13 June 2018 There's also a partial restoration of nearly $400 million in recession-era cuts, with a pledge to fill in the rest within five years. Melissa Daniels, azcentral, "Arizona teachers continue push to tax rich for education," 9 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In 2016, James and the foundation pledged more than $41 million to help students in Akron receive their college degrees. Alex Wong, The Atlantic, "What’s Different About LeBron’s Move to the Lakers," 4 July 2018 In the second letter sent three days later, Trump pledged that the US would respect FIFA rules, which includes the playing of another country's national anthem, according to the Times. Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN, "Trump promises quick visa processing if FIFA grants North America's World Cup bid," 12 June 2018 Google has already pledged to shut down Google+ over similar issues. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Facebook exposed up to 6.8 million users’ private photos to developers in latest leak," 14 Dec. 2018 Alliance members have pledged to raise military spending to 2 percent of GDP by 2024. BostonGlobe.com, "At NATO, Trump claims allies make new defense spending commitments after he upends summit," 13 July 2018 Not even a week after his engineers and child-sized submarine were sent, but not ultimately used, to help rescue a dozen boys in a cave in Thailand, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has now pledged to fund clean water for some homes in Flint, Michigan. Rebecca Bratek, CBS News, "Elon Musk pledges to fund fixing water in Flint homes with lead contamination," 12 July 2018 But expansion, both properties have pledged, is coming. Ed Barkowitz, Philly.com, "Comparing the sportsbooks at Atlantic City's Borgata and Ocean Resort ahead of the World Cup final," 11 July 2018 In return for donations pledged prior to the stadium’s construction, the university agreed to its original corporate name and provided Schnatter the right to request changes no more than once every five years. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Cardinal Stadium is Papa John's to name, but pressure mounts to change it," 12 July 2018 Fort Lauderdale is poised to remove millions of dollars from its water-sewer system fund, a controversial practice that a majority of city elected officials pledged to stop. Brittany Wallman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale plans to use water-sewer money to balance budget — again," 9 July 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 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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