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

Renacci traveled to a small conference room on the fourth floor of the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza on Tuesday to sign two term-limit pledges on large cards about the size of a novelty check. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio Senate race: Jim Renacci said he only needs two terms in the Senate. Sherrod Brown's campaign calls Renacci's pledge 'worthless.'," 10 July 2018 Other pledges in the action plan include the promise to improve police response to LGBT hate crimes, and provide more governmental support for students and teachers in the LGBT community. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "The U.K.'s LGBT Action Plan Includes Banning Conversion Therapy," 3 July 2018 In his approach to other signature campaign pledges, Trump has selected blunt-force tools: concrete walls, trade wars, ICE raids. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "How Big Pharma Was Captured by the One Percent," 28 June 2018 Wolancevich said the Yorkville Historic Preservation Association is working on securing pledges for fundraising and organizing fundraising events to restore the interior of the building. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Old Kendall County Jail moves closer to demolition," 15 June 2018 Oregon already has one defensive tackle pledge in the class of 2019 in four-star defensive tackle Keyon Ware-Hudson, but Ika remains a high priority for the staff given his potential impact in the middle of a defense. Andrew Nemec, OregonLive.com, "Siaki Ika, 361-pound 4-star DT, visiting Oregon Ducks," 12 June 2018 Just days after the attack, election stakeholders signed a peace pledge. Chipo Dendere, Washington Post, "Zimbabwe has an election coming up. Is political violence brewing?," 2 July 2018 Kim and Alioto signed the pledge but Breed did not. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF mayor’s race coming down to a fight over money and influence," 25 May 2018 Representatives from all campaigns confirmed the candidates have signed the pledge to back the program if elected. Erin Cox, baltimoresun.com, "Democrats running for Maryland governor pledging to support a state individual mandate for health care," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The system will then display who will be on your ballot on November 6, and inform you which candidates have pledged to prioritize gun safety. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Gun Control Measures in the Midterms: How You Can Make a Difference With Your Vote," 30 Oct. 2018 As of today, over 250 brands across an array of industries are also pledging to address the plastic crisis by signing the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Burberry, H&M, L'Oreal and More Sign on to Address Global Plastic Crisis," 29 Oct. 2018 But that's not all—the Sharks also pledged to give their profits to a charity benefitting firefighters who were affected by 9/11. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "This 'Shark Tank' Episode Honoring a Late 9/11 Firefighter Left Everyone in Tears," 22 Oct. 2018 Don't just pledge to move more — put cold hard cash on the line. Aviva Patz And Karyn Repinski, Woman's Day, "10 Natural Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure," 20 Aug. 2018 To be fair, Amazon did respond with an apologetic tweet, recognizing the inconvenience and pledging to do better for the next round of deals. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "People Are Calling Amazon Prime Day 2018 a "Disaster" on Twitter and It's Getting Heated," 17 July 2018 The document also pledges to memorialize unmarked graves of African slaves, and implement policies that will encourage businesses to strive for racial equality. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Charleston, South Carolina, Formally Apologizes for Its Role in the Slave Trade," 20 June 2018 In May, Yildiz Holding, a food and retail company, rescheduled an estimated $5.5 billion in debt, pledging some of its assets as collateral. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "New Turkish Finance Minister Vows to Fight Inflation," 13 July 2018 While pledging not to take any corporate money and getting outraised by Crowley by more than 10 to 1, Ocasio-Cortez still raised more than $300,000. Steven Lemongello, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorses primary challenger to Stephanie Murphy," 27 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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