What does pledge mean?

Definitions for pledge
plɛdʒpledge

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pledge.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pledgenoun

    a deposit of personal property as security for a debt

    "his saxophone was in pledge"

  2. pledgenoun

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

  3. pledge, toastnoun

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

  4. assurance, pledgeverb

    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, plightverb

    promise solemnly and formally

    "I pledge that I will honor my wife"

  6. pledge, subscribeverb

    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, wassailverb

    propose a toast to

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

  8. pledgeverb

    give as a guarantee

    "I pledge my honor"

  9. pledgeverb

    bind or secure by a pledge

    "I was pledged to silence"

Wiktionary

  1. pledgenoun

    A solemn promise to do something.

    Etymology: 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.

  2. pledgenoun

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

    Etymology: 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.

  3. pledgenoun

    A security to guarantee payment of a debt.

    Etymology: 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.

  4. pledgenoun

    A drinking toast.

    Etymology: 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.

  5. pledgenoun

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

    Etymology: 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.

  6. pledgeverb

    To make a solemn promise (to do something).

    Etymology: 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.

  7. pledgeverb

    To deposit something as a security; to pawn.

    Etymology: 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. Pledgenoun

    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

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

  2. Pledgenoun

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

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

  3. Pledgenoun

    a hypothecation without transfer of possession

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

  4. Pledgenoun

    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

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

  5. Pledgenoun

    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

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

  6. Pledgenoun

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

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

  7. Pledgenoun

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

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

  8. Pledgenoun

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

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

  9. Pledgenoun

    to secure performance of, as by a pledge

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

  10. Pledgenoun

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

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

  11. Pledgenoun

    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

    Etymology: [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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Numerology

  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. Theta Tau:

    It was revealed that the video was a parody, skit, or roast of the active brothers by a pledge class, and not Chapter members hazing, humiliating, or disparaging its pledges as Syracuse University had described to Theta Tau central office. However, this does not excuse the behavior.

  2. Erika Santana:

    Martha Leticia Castaneda Rojas said. Erika Santana, president of the Tijuana Attorney Bar Association and a prominent human rights leader, said the area could be overwhelmed if Trump follows through on his campaign pledge. This could become a total humanitarian crisis, currently, shelters are not equipped for more people. There are not enough rooms, not enough food and not enough medical supplies. City doctors are struggling just to tend to taxpayers and are over-extended – this could be a huge problem. Marcela Celoiro, the San Diego-based Consulate General of Baja Mexico, favors preparation, but not panic. We don't know what is going to happen.

  3. Councilmember Shook:

    That led the business community to come together and pledge themselves to putting private dollars into beefing up what everyone knows is an understaffed police force citywide, buckhead is a huge commercial node. It's arguably one of the biggest retail entertainment nodes in the southeast. And what was going on just hurt everybody, by reputation and physically.

  4. Mike Pompeo:

    The United States will continue to utilize every economic and political means at our disposal to help the Venezuelan people, using sanctions, visa revocations and other means, we pledge to hold the regime and those propping it up accountable for their corruption and their repression of democracy.

  5. Donald Trump on Thursday:

    I will not make the pledge at this time.

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Translations for pledge

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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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