What does Pledge mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pledge(noun)

    a deposit of personal property as security for a debt

    "his saxophone was in pledge"

  2. pledge(noun)

    someone accepted for membership but not yet fully admitted to the group

  3. pledge, toast(noun)

    a drink in honor of or to the health of a person or event

  4. assurance, pledge(verb)

    a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something

    "an assurance of help when needed"; "signed a pledge never to reveal the secret"

  5. pledge, plight(verb)

    promise solemnly and formally

    "I pledge that I will honor my wife"

  6. pledge, subscribe(verb)

    pay (an amount of money) as a contribution to a charity or service, especially at regular intervals

    "I pledged $10 a month to my favorite radio station"

  7. toast, drink, pledge, salute, wassail(verb)

    propose a toast to

    "Let us toast the birthday girl!"; "Let's drink to the New Year"

  8. pledge(verb)

    give as a guarantee

    "I pledge my honor"

  9. pledge(verb)

    bind or secure by a pledge

    "I was pledged to silence"


  1. pledge(Noun)

    A solemn promise to do something.

  2. pledge(Noun)

    A person who has taken a pledge of allegiance to a college fraternity, but not yet formally approved.

  3. pledge(Noun)

    A security to guarantee payment of a debt.

  4. pledge(Noun)

    A drinking toast.

  5. pledge(Noun)

    (the pledge): A promise to abstain from drinking alcohol.

  6. pledge(Verb)

    To make a solemn promise (to do something).

  7. pledge(Verb)

    To deposit something as a security; to pawn.

  8. Origin: From plege, from plege, from plege (Modern pleige) from plevium, plebium, from plebire "to pledge", of origin, from *, from plegō, from dlegh-. Akin to pflegan, plegan, pleon. More at plight.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pledge(noun)

    the transfer of possession of personal property from a debtor to a creditor as security for a debt or engagement; also, the contract created between the debtor and creditor by a thing being so delivered or deposited, forming a species of bailment; also, that which is so delivered or deposited; something put in pawn

  2. Pledge(noun)

    a person who undertook, or became responsible, for another; a bail; a surety; a hostage

  3. Pledge(noun)

    a hypothecation without transfer of possession

  4. Pledge(noun)

    anything given or considered as a security for the performance of an act; a guarantee; as, mutual interest is the best pledge for the performance of treaties

  5. Pledge(noun)

    a promise or agreement by which one binds one's self to do, or to refrain from doing, something; especially, a solemn promise in writing to refrain from using intoxicating liquors or the like; as, to sign the pledge; the mayor had made no pledges

  6. Pledge(noun)

    a sentiment to which assent is given by drinking one's health; a toast; a health

  7. Pledge(noun)

    to deposit, as a chattel, in pledge or pawn; to leave in possession of another as security; as, to pledge one's watch

  8. Pledge(noun)

    to give or pass as a security; to guarantee; to engage; to plight; as, to pledge one's word and honor

  9. Pledge(noun)

    to secure performance of, as by a pledge

  10. Pledge(noun)

    to bind or engage by promise or declaration; to engage solemnly; as, to pledge one's self

  11. Pledge(noun)

    to invite another to drink, by drinking of the cup first, and then handing it to him, as a pledge of good will; hence, to drink the health of; to toast

  12. Origin: [Cf. OF. pleiger to give security. See Pledge, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pledge

    plej, n. something given as a security: one who becomes surety for another: a sentiment of goodwill or friendship expressed by drinking together.—v.t. to give as security: to engage for by promise: to invite to drink by partaking of the cup first: to drink to the health of.—ns. Pledgee′, the person to whom a thing is pledged; Pledg′er.—Pledge card, a card given, as a remembrancer, to a person who has signed the total abstinence pledge; Pledge cup, a cup for drinking pledges.—Hold in pledge, to keep as security; Put in pledge, to pawn; Take, or Sign, the pledge, to give a written promise to abstain from intoxicating liquor. [O. Fr. plege (Fr. pleige); prob. L. præbēre, to afford.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Pledge' in Verbs Frequency: #1080

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Pledge in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Pledge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Pledge in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump on Thursday:

    I will not make the pledge at this time.

  2. Michael Waltz:

    So far the pledge (to ISIS) seems to be legit.

  3. Grover Norquist:

    That's the pledge, verbally. I'd like to see it in writing.

  4. Manafort Wednesday.Jackson:

    I pledge to do all I can to accelerate the healing process.

  5. Boris Johnson:

    My pledge is to come out of the EU at Halloween on 31 October.

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  • ضمان, تَعَهدَArabic
  • garantia, promesa, prometre, penyorar, penyora, empenyorar, juramentCatalan, Valencian
  • zastavitCzech
  • verpfänden, Pfand, zusichern, versprechenGerman
  • juramento, garantía, manda, prometer, jurar, hipotecar, brindis, empeñar, iniciado, iniciadaSpanish
  • pantata, maljapuhe, pantti, kokelas, raittiuslupaus, lupaus, luvata, sitoutuaFinnish
  • promettre, mettre en gage, gageFrench
  • gealltanasScottish Gaelic
  • zálog, fogadalomHungarian
  • ուխտ, գրավArmenian
  • promessa solenne, avallo, impegnarsi, garanzia, giuramento, promettere, pegnoItalian
  • 抵当, 公約, 保証Japanese
  • 서약Korean
  • په‌یمانKurdish
  • spondere, vovereLatin
  • ikrarMalay
  • schacht, plechtig belovenDutch
  • obiecać, zastaw, kaucja, depozyt, złożyć zastaw, obietnicaPolish
  • promessa, prometer, penhor, garantiaPortuguese
  • garanta, legământ, promisiune, promiteRomanian
  • заверять, [[отдать]] в [[залог]], обет, обещание, пообещать, [[отдавать]] в [[залог]], залог, заверить, закладывать, клясться, заложить, обещать, поклясться, зарокRussian
  • závet, завет, завјет, zavjet, обећање, obećanje, залога, zaloga, за́вет, prisega, присегаSerbo-Croatian
  • zavezati se, zapriseči, zaprisega, zaobljubiti se, zastaviti, zaobljubaSlovene
  • underpantSwedish
  • తనఖా, ప్రతిజ్ఞ, ప్రతినTelugu
  • cam kết, thềVietnamese

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