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Pledge meaning

pledge - 14 dictionary results

  1. 1. promise solemnly and formally; " I pledge that will honor my wife"
  2. 2. bind or secure by a pledge; " I was pledged to silence"
  3. 3. 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"
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. A hypothecation without transfer of possession.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. A sentiment to which assent is given by drinking one's health; a toast; a health.
  9. 9. To give or pass as a security; to guarantee; to engage; to plight; as, to pledge one's word and honor.
  10. 10. To secure performance of, as by a pledge.
  11. 11. To bind or engage by promise or declaration; to engage solemnly; as, to pledge one's self.
  12. 12. 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.
  13. 13. Anything offered as security; solemn promise.
  14. 14. To give as security; engage by promise; drink to the health of.

pledge - examples of usage

  1. To learn the true average rate of interest, we must inquire what is paid for money lent to those who are sure to pay it back, and who give property in pledge, so that there may be no doubt about the matter. - "Political economy", W. Stanley Jevons.
  2. The Frenchman, enjoying my condition, continued to pledge me till his little eyes danced in his head. - "The Frozen Pirate", W. Clark Russell.
  3. A life- pledge offered and accepted in front of a window in Piccadilly! - "Prince Fortunatus", William Black.
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