Pledge meaning

plĕj
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.

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A promise or agreement.
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A person or thing given or held as security for the performance of a contract, as a guarantee of faith, etc.; something pawned; hostage.
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To drink a toast.
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To make a solemn binding promise; swear.
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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.

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To promise to give.

To pledge allegiance, pledge money to a fund.

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A token or sign.
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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.
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To deposit as security; pawn.
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To drink a toast to.
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To deposit something as a security; to pawn.
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A security to guarantee payment of a debt.
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A person undergoing a trial period before formal initiation into a fraternity, sorority, etc.
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To present as security or guarantee, esp. for the repayment of a loan; pawn.
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To bind by a promise or agreement.
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The act of drinking in honor of someone; a toast.
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A vow to abstain from alcoholic liquor.

Ex-drinkers who have taken the pledge.

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To offer or guarantee by a solemn binding promise.

Pledge loyalty to a nation; pledge that the duties of the office will be fulfilled.

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To bind or secure by a pledge or promise.

Pledged themselves to the cause.

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To drink a toast to.
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The condition of being given or held as security for a contract, payment, etc.

A thing held in pledge.

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Something promised, esp. money to be contributed in regular payments.
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An item of property given as security for a debt or performance.
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To make a solemn promise (to do something).
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To give assurance of friendship by the act of drinking; to drink to one's health.
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A solemn promise to do something.
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A person who has taken a pledge of allegiance to a college fraternity, but not yet formally approved.
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(with the) A promise to abstain from drinking alcohol.
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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.

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A token or earnest.
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A drinking to someone's health to express good will or allegiance; toast.
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take the pledge
  • To make a solemn resolution not to drink alcoholic liquor.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of pledge

  • Middle English from Old French plege probably from Late Latin plevium a security of Germanic origin dlegh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 *plegō (“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.

    From Wiktionary