Pledge Definition

plĕj
pledged, pledges, pledging
noun
pledges
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.
American Heritage
The condition of being given or held as security for a contract, payment, etc.
A thing held in pledge.
Webster's New World
A person or thing given or held as security for the performance of a contract, as a guarantee of faith, etc.; something pawned; hostage.
Webster's New World
Delivery of goods or personal property as security for a debt or obligation.
A loan requiring a pledge of property.
American Heritage
A token or earnest.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
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verb
pledged, pledges, pledging
To present as security or guarantee, esp. for the repayment of a loan; pawn.
Webster's New World
To bind by a promise or agreement.
Webster's New World
To promise to give.
To pledge allegiance, pledge money to a fund.
Webster's New World
To drink a toast to.
Webster's New World
To promise to join (a fraternity or similar organization).
American Heritage
Antonyms:
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idiom
take the pledge
  • to make a solemn resolution not to drink alcoholic liquor
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Pledge

Noun

Singular:
pledge
Plural:
pledges

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Pledge

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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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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