- The definition of a pledge is something held as security on a contract, a promise, or a person who is in a trial period before joining an organization.
- An example of a pledge is a cash down payment on a car.
- An example of a pledge is a promise that you'll buy a person's car.
- An example of a pledge is a woman who is waiting to be formally initiated into a sorority.
- Pledge is defined as to give something as security for a loan, promise, make an agreement, or accept a potential membership.
- An example of pledge is to give someone your iPod as a guarantee that you'll return their car by a certain time.
- An example of pledge is to promise to return a person's car by a certain time.
- An example of pledge is to accept a potential membership to a college fraternity.
- the condition of being given or held as security for a contract, payment, etc.: a thing held in pledge
- a person or thing given or held as security for the performance of a contract, as a guarantee of faith, etc.; something pawned; hostage
- a token or earnest
- a drinking to someone's health to express good will or allegiance; toast
- a promise or agreement
- something promised, esp. money to be contributed in regular payments
- ☆ a person undergoing a trial period before formal initiation into a fraternity, sorority, etc.
Origin of pledgeMiddle English plegge ; from Old French pleige ; from Medieval Latin plegium ; from plevium, security, warranty, influenced, influence by Frankish an unverified form pligi, liability; akin to Old Saxon plegan, to warrant
transitive verbpledged, pledging
- to present as security or guarantee, esp. for the repayment of a loan; pawn
- to drink a toast to
- to bind by a promise or agreement
- to promise to give: to pledge allegiance, pledge money to a fund
- to accept tentative membership in (a fraternity, etc.)
- to accept as a pledge ()
take the pledge
- A solemn binding promise to do, give, or refrain from doing something: signed a pledge never to reveal the secret; a pledge of money to a charity.
- a. Something given or held as security to guarantee payment of a debt or fulfillment of an obligation.b. The condition of something thus given or held: put an article in pledge.
- Law a. Delivery of goods or personal property as security for a debt or obligation: a loan requiring a pledge of property.b. The contract or transaction stipulating or involving such delivery.
- A token or sign: “fair pledges of a fruitful tree” (Robert Herrick).
- A person who has been accepted for membership in a fraternity or similar organization and has promised to join but has not yet been initiated.
- The act of drinking in honor of someone; a toast.
- A vow to abstain from alcoholic liquor: ex-drinkers who have taken the pledge.
verbpledged pledged, pledg·ing, pledg·es
- To offer or guarantee by a solemn binding promise: pledge loyalty to a nation; pledge that the duties of the office will be fulfilled. See Synonyms at promise.
- To bind or secure by a pledge or promise: pledged themselves to the cause. See Synonyms at devote.
- To deposit as security; pawn.
- a. To promise to join (a fraternity or similar organization).b. To accept as a prospective member of such an organization.
- To drink a toast to.
- To make a solemn binding promise; swear.
- To drink a toast.
Origin of pledgeMiddle English, from Old French plege, probably from Late Latin plevium, a security, of Germanic origin; see dlegh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present pledges, present participle pledging, simple past and past participle pledged)
From Middle English plege, from Anglo-Norman plege, from Old French plege (Modern French pleige) from Medieval Latin plevium, plebium, from Medieval Latin plebio (“I pledge"), from Frankish *plegan (“to pledge; to support; to guarantee"), from Proto-Germanic *plegÅ (“responsibility, habit"), from Proto-Indo-European *dlegh-. Akin to Old High German pflegan (“to take care of, be accustomed to"), Old Saxon plegan (“to vouch for"), Old English plÄ“on (“to risk, endanger"). More at plight.
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