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.
Signed a pledge never to reveal the secret; a pledge of money to a charity.
To pledge allegiance, pledge money to a fund.
Ex-drinkers who have taken the pledge.
Pledge loyalty to a nation; pledge that the duties of the office will be fulfilled.
Pledged themselves to the cause.
A thing held in pledge.
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.
- To make a solemn resolution not to drink alcoholic liquor.
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 *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.