- to make a solemn resolution not to drink alcoholic liquor
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Origin of Pledge
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.
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
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