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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Verb

pledger \ ˈple-​jər How to pronounce pledger (audio) \ or pledgor \ ˈple-​jər How to pronounce pledgor (audio) , ple-​ˈjȯr \ noun

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Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 His pledge to give away his fortune only got harder as his fortune continued to rise. Tom Metcalf, Fortune, "Why Warren Buffett is falling on the world’s richest list," 9 July 2020 Max Christie announced his pledge to play for Michigan State in 2021. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball lands 5-star guard Max Christie for 2021 recruiting class," 7 July 2020 Alabama was considered the favorite to earn his pledge after the news. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "Alabama basketball adds 6-foot-11 forward as late 2020 commit," 5 July 2020 The closed-door passage of a new security law this week sent shock waves through the international community, amounting to Beijing breaking its pledge to allow Hong Kong a degree of autonomy until 2047. Eva Dou, BostonGlobe.com, "Beijing names hard-liner who crushed protests to head Hong Kong security agency," 3 July 2020 The closed-door passage of a new security law this week sent shock waves through the international community, amounting to Beijing breaking its pledge to allow Hong Kong a degree of autonomy until 2047. Washington Post, "Beijing names hard-liner who crushed protests to head Hong Kong security agency," 3 July 2020 Trump’s most memorable promise from the 2016 race was his pledge to build a wall along the United States’s border with Mexico. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Trump moving fast to shore up immigration campaign promises," 29 June 2020 Tamaki renewed his pledge Tuesday to protect the environment at Henoko and block the relocation. Fox News, "Japanese island marks 75th anniversary of WWII's Battle of Okinawa," 23 June 2020 What happens if the Lakers’ Dwight Howard follows through with his pledge to skip Orlando? Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Fake crowd noise and imagery amplify sports’ desperation during coronavirus," 19 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Donors can choose to pledge with no reward, pre-order watches for themselves, or donate watches to nursing home staff. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "This teen invented a watch that warns you about touching your face so you don't catch coronavirus," 28 June 2020 This bathing suit has garnered more than 180 4.5-star ratings from Lands’ End shoppers, who pledge for its true-to-size fit and top-quality design. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Size-inclusive swimwear at Lands' End is up to 74% off right now," 26 June 2020 But no government is willingly going to set carbon emissions targets that will inevitably increase its companies’ costs of production unless other governments pledge to do so as well. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "Power shift: How America’s retreat is reshaping global affairs," 26 June 2020 Council members did pledge changes in the next police contract, which doesn't begin until next spring. Sharon Coolidge, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati is set to pass a budget today. And no, it doesn't defund the police department," 24 June 2020 In recent weeks, social media executives have jumped in to pledge their support for the protest movement that emerged in response to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Facebook and Twitter Want to Keep the Justice System Stacked Against Defendants," 19 June 2020 Leary becomes the eighth prospect to pledge to the Tide’s 2021 class. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "Alabama gets commitment from another Florida wide receiver in 2021 class," 17 June 2020 Hogsett said the city would pledge to correct systems that weren't forged with racial equity under the law. Tiana Woodard, The Indianapolis Star, "Eli Lilly to invest $25 million toward fighting systemic racism in Indianapolis," 13 June 2020 In 2009, a damning report from Greenpeace led JBS, Marfrig and Minerva, meat giants which together handle two-thirds of Brazil’s exports, to pledge to stop buying from suppliers that deforest illegally. The Economist, "Of chainsaws and supply chains How big beef and soya firms can stop deforestation," 11 June 2020

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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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13 Jul 2020

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“Pledge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pledge. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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pledge

noun
How to pronounce pledge (audio)

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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