pledge

pledge
[[t]plɛdʒ[/t]]
n. v. pledged, pledg•ing
1) a solemn promise or agreement to do or refrain from doing something:
a pledge of aid[/ex]
2) something delivered as security for the payment of a debt or fulfillment of a promise
3) the state of being given or held as security
4) law Law.
a) the act of delivering goods, property, etc., to another for security
b) the resulting legal relationship
5) something given or regarded as an earnest or token, as of friendship or love
6) a person accepted for membership in a club, fraternity, or sorority, but not yet formally approved or initiated
7) an assurance of support or goodwill conveyed by drinking a person's health; toast
8) to bind by or as if by a pledge:
to pledge hearers to secrecy[/ex]
9) to promise solemnly:
to pledge support[/ex]
10) to give or deposit as a pledge; pawn
11) to stake, as one's honor
12) to secure by a pledge; give a pledge for
13) to accept as a pledge for club, fraternity, or sorority membership
14) to drink a toast to
15) to make or give a pledge
Etymology: 1275–1325; ME plege < AF < early ML plevium, plebium, der. of plebīre to pledge < Gmc; cf. OE plēon to risk, G pflegen to look after. Cf. plight II

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • pledge — (n.) mid 14c., surety, bail, from O.Fr. plege (Fr. pleige) hostage, security, bail, probably from Frankish *plegan to guarantee, from a West Germanic root meaning have responsibility for (Cf. O.Saxon plegan vouch for, O.H.G. pflegan to care for,… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • Pledge — (engl., spr. pledsch), Pfand; Gelübde bei Aufnahme in einen Mäßigkeits (Temperenz ) Verein …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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