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pledge

 (plĕj)
n.
1. 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.
2.
a. Something given or held as security to guarantee payment of a debt or fulfillment of an obligation.
b. The condition of something thus given or held: put an article in pledge.
3. Law
a. Delivery of goods or personal property as security for a debt or obligation: a loan requiring a pledge of property.
b. The contract or transaction stipulating or involving such delivery.
4. A token or sign: "fair pledges of a fruitful tree" (Robert Herrick).
5. A person who has been accepted for membership in a fraternity or similar organization and has promised to join but has not yet been initiated.
6. A vow to abstain from alcoholic liquor: ex-drinkers who have taken the pledge.
7. Archaic The act of drinking in honor of someone; a toast.
v. pledged, pledg·ing, pledg·es
v.tr.
1. To offer or guarantee by a solemn binding promise: pledge loyalty to a nation; pledge that the duties of the office will be fulfilled. See Synonyms at promise.
2. To bind or secure by a pledge or promise: pledged themselves to the cause. See Synonyms at devote.
3. To deposit as security; pawn.
4.
a. To promise to join (a fraternity or similar organization).
b. To accept as a prospective member of such an organization.
5. Archaic To drink a toast to.
v.intr.
1. To make a solemn binding promise; swear.
2. Archaic To drink a toast.

[Middle English, from Old French plege, probably from Late Latin plevium, a security, of Germanic origin; see dlegh- in Indo-European roots.]

pledge

(plɛdʒ)
n
1. a formal or solemn promise or agreement, esp to do or refrain from doing something
2. (Banking & Finance)
a. collateral for the payment of a debt or the performance of an obligation
b. the condition of being collateral (esp in the phrase in pledge)
3. a sign, token, or indication: the gift is a pledge of their sincerity.
4. an assurance of support or goodwill, conveyed by drinking to a person, cause, etc; toast: we drank a pledge to their success.
5. (Law) a person who binds himself, as by becoming bail or surety for another
6. (Social Welfare) sign the pledge take the pledge to make a vow to abstain from alcoholic drink
vb
7. to promise formally or solemnly: he pledged allegiance.
8. (tr) to bind or secure by or as if by a pledge: they were pledged to secrecy.
9. (Banking & Finance) to give, deposit, or offer (one's word, freedom, property, etc) as a guarantee, as for the repayment of a loan
10. to drink a toast to (a person, cause, etc)
[C14: from Old French plege, from Late Latin plebium gage, security, from plebīre to pledge, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German pflegan to look after, care for]
ˈpledgable, ˈpledgeable adj

pledge

(plɛdʒ)

n., v. pledged, pledg•ing. n.
1. a solemn promise or agreement to do or refrain from doing something: a pledge of aid.
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.
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.
v.t.
8. to bind by or as if by a pledge: to pledge hearers to secrecy.
9. to promise solemnly: to pledge support.
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.
v.i.
15. to make or give a pledge.
Idioms:
take the pledge, to make a vow to abstain from intoxicating drink.
[1275–1325; Middle English plege < Anglo-French < early Medieval Latin plevium,plebium, derivative of plebīre to pledge < Germanic; compare Old English plēon to risk, German pflegen to look after. compare plight2]

pledge


Past participle: pledged
Gerund: pledging

Imperative
pledge
pledge
Present
I pledge
you pledge
he/she/it pledges
we pledge
you pledge
they pledge
Preterite
I pledged
you pledged
he/she/it pledged
we pledged
you pledged
they pledged
Present Continuous
I am pledging
you are pledging
he/she/it is pledging
we are pledging
you are pledging
they are pledging
Present Perfect
I have pledged
you have pledged
he/she/it has pledged
we have pledged
you have pledged
they have pledged
Past Continuous
I was pledging
you were pledging
he/she/it was pledging
we were pledging
you were pledging
they were pledging
Past Perfect
I had pledged
you had pledged
he/she/it had pledged
we had pledged
you had pledged
they had pledged
Future
I will pledge
you will pledge
he/she/it will pledge
we will pledge
you will pledge
they will pledge
Future Perfect
I will have pledged
you will have pledged
he/she/it will have pledged
we will have pledged
you will have pledged
they will have pledged
Future Continuous
I will be pledging
you will be pledging
he/she/it will be pledging
we will be pledging
you will be pledging
they will be pledging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pledging
you have been pledging
he/she/it has been pledging
we have been pledging
you have been pledging
they have been pledging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pledging
you will have been pledging
he/she/it will have been pledging
we will have been pledging
you will have been pledging
they will have been pledging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pledging
you had been pledging
he/she/it had been pledging
we had been pledging
you had been pledging
they had been pledging
Conditional
I would pledge
you would pledge
he/she/it would pledge
we would pledge
you would pledge
they would pledge
Past Conditional
I would have pledged
you would have pledged
he/she/it would have pledged
we would have pledged
you would have pledged
they would have pledged
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pledge - a deposit of personal property as security for a debt; "his saxophone was in pledge"
security interest - any interest in a property that secures the payment of an obligation
pawn - an article deposited as security
2.pledge - someone accepted for membership but not yet fully admitted to the group
fellow member, member - one of the persons who compose a social group (especially individuals who have joined and participate in a group organization); "only members will be admitted"; "a member of the faculty"; "she was introduced to all the members of his family"
3.pledge - a drink in honor of or to the health of a person or eventpledge - a drink in honor of or to the health of a person or event
drink - a single serving of a beverage; "I asked for a hot drink"; "likes a drink before dinner"
4.pledge - a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from somethingpledge - 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"
dedication, commitment - a message that makes a pledge
guarantee, warranty, warrantee, warrant - a written assurance that some product or service will be provided or will meet certain specifications
guarantee - an unconditional commitment that something will happen or that something is true; "there is no guarantee that they are not lying"
plight, troth - a solemn pledge of fidelity
vow - a solemn pledge (to oneself or to another or to a deity) to do something or to behave in a certain manner; "they took vows of poverty"
Verb1.pledge - promise solemnly and formally; "I pledge that I will honor my wife"
promise, assure - make a promise or commitment
vow - make a vow; promise; "He vowed never to drink alcohol again"
guarantee, vouch - give surety or assume responsibility; "I vouch for the quality of my products"
covenant - enter into a covenant or formal agreement; "They covenanted with Judas for 30 pieces of silver"; "The nations covenanted to fight terrorism around the world"
covenant - enter into a covenant
2.pledge - 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"
donate - give to a charity or good cause; "I donated blood to the Red Cross for the victims of the earthquake"; "donate money to the orphanage"; "She donates to her favorite charity every month"
3.pledge - propose a toast topledge - propose a toast to; "Let us toast the birthday girl!"; "Let's drink to the New Year"
give - propose; "He gave the first of many toasts at the birthday party"
honor, honour, reward - bestow honor or rewards upon; "Today we honor our soldiers"; "The scout was rewarded for courageous action"
4.pledge - give as a guarantee; "I pledge my honor"
collateralize - pledge as a collateral; "The loan was collateralized by government bonds"
give - offer in good faith; "He gave her his word"
hypothecate - pledge without delivery or title of possession
consign, charge - give over to another for care or safekeeping; "consign your baggage"
5.pledge - bind or secure by a pledge; "I was pledged to silence"
oblige, obligate, bind, hold - bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise"

pledge

noun
1. promise, vow, assurance, word, undertaking, warrant, oath, covenant, word of honour a pledge to step up cooperation between the states
2. guarantee, security, deposit, bail, bond, collateral, earnest, pawn, gage, surety items held in pledge for loans
3. token, mark, sign, symbol, evidence, proof, testimony He gave her the ring as a pledge of his eternal love.
verb
1. promise, vow, vouch, swear, contract, engage, undertake, give your word, give your word of honour, give your oath I pledge that by next year we will have the problem solved.
2. promise, contribute, donate, make a gift of, put yourself down for He pledged £150 million to build the theatre.
3. bind, guarantee, mortgage, engage, gage (archaic) He asked her to pledge the house as security for the loan.

pledge

noun
1. A declaration that one will or will not do a certain thing:
2. Something given to guarantee the repayment of a loan or the fulfillment of an obligation:
3. The act of drinking to someone:
verb
1. To guarantee by a solemn promise:
Idiom: give one's word of honor.
2. To assume an obligation:
3. To be morally bound to do:
4. To give or deposit as a pawn:
Slang: hock.
5. To salute by raising and drinking from a glass:
Translations
تَعَهُّد، وَعْدرَهْنعُرْبون، دَليل، رَمْزيَرْهَنُيَعِد، يأخُذ على نَفْسِه عَهدا
dát do zástavydůkazprojevslibslíbit
give i pantløftelovepanttegn
kokelaslupausluvatamaljapuhepantata
elzálogosítfogadalomzálog
leggja aî veîilofa, heitaloforî, heittryggîapanturveî
sponderevovere
pažadaspažadėti
apliecinājumsapsolītieķīlātķīlasolījums
záloh
underpant
güvence/rehin olarak vermekrehinsimgesözsöz vermek

pledge

[pledʒ]
A. N
1. (= promise, assurance) (gen) → compromiso m, promesa f; [of money] → promesa f de donación
a company's pledge of satisfaction to its customersel compromiso or la promesa por parte de una empresa de satisfacer a sus clientes
he received pledges of support from more than 100 MPsmás de 100 parlamentarios se comprometieron a or prometieron apoyarlo
the Pledge of Allegiance (US) → la jura de la bandera
to break a pledgeromper una promesa
to give (sb) a pledge to do sthprometer (a algn) hacer algo
to honour or keep a pledgecumplir una promesa
the government will honour its pledgesel gobierno cumplirá sus promesas, el gobierno hará honor a sus compromisos
to make (sb) a pledge to do sthprometer (a algn) hacer algo
he made a pledge not to raise taxesprometió no subir los impuestos
to sign or take the pledge (o.f., hum) → jurar renunciar al alcohol
2. (= token) he sent his brother as a pledge of his sincerityenvió a su hermano en señal or como muestra de su sinceridad
3. (= surety) → prenda f, garantía f; (left in pawn) → prenda f
4. (= toast) → brindis m inv
5. (US) (Univ) promesa que hace un estudiante universitario en los Estados Unidos para convertirse en miembro de una hermandad
B. VT
1. (= promise) [+ money, donation] → prometer
the government has pledged that it will not increase taxesel gobierno ha prometido no subir los impuestos
to pledge to do sthprometer hacer algo
to pledge o.s. to do sthcomprometerse a hacer algo
to pledge (one's) support (for sth/sb)comprometerse a prestar apoyo (a algo/algn)
I am pledged to secrecyhe jurado or prometido guardar (el) secreto
see also allegiance
2. (= give as security) [+ property] → entregar como garantía; [+ one's word] → dar
3. (= pawn) → empeñar, dejar en prenda
4. (US) (Univ) [+ fraternity] → hacerse miembro de
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
El Pledge of Allegiance es un juramento de lealtad a la nación, considerado como un elemento de gran importancia en la educación norteamericana. Fue escrito en 1892 y desde entonces lo recitan diariamente todos los alumnos estadounidenses (especialmente en los centros de educación primaria) mirando a la bandera y con la mano en el corazón.

pledge

[ˈplɛdʒ]
n
(= promise) → promesse f
(= security) → gage m
(= token) → gage m
vt
(= promise) → promettre
to pledge support for sb → s'engager à soutenir qn
to pledge that ... → s'engager à ce que ...
Both sides pledged that war would be avoided at all costs → Les deux parties se sont engagées à ce que la guerre soit évitée à tout prix.
to pledge to do sth → s'engager à faire qch
to pledge sb to secrecy → faire promettre à qn de garder le secret
to pledge o.s. to sth → s'engager à faire qch
(as security)engager

pledge

n
(in pawnshop, of love) → Pfand nt; (= promise)Versprechen nt, → Zusicherung f; I give you my pledgeich gebe dir mein Wort; we have given them a pledge of aidwir haben versprochen, ihnen zu helfen; as a pledge ofals Zeichen (+gen); under (the) pledge of secrecyunter dem Siegel der Verschwiegenheit; election pledgesWahlversprechen pl; to sign or take the pledge (lit)sich schriftlich zur Abstinenz verpflichten; (hum inf)dem Alkohol abschwören (usu hum)
(form: = toast) → Toast m, → Trinkspruch m; to drink a pledge to somebody/somethingeinen Toast etc auf jdn/etw ausbringen
vt
(= give as security, pawn)verpfänden
(= promise)versprechen, zusichern; to pledge one’s wordsein Wort geben or verpfänden; to pledge support for somebody/somethingjdm/einer Sache seine Unterstützung zusichern; I am pledged to secrecyich bin zum Schweigen verpflichtet; he pledged me to secrecyer verpflichtete mich zum Schweigen; to pledge (one’s) allegiance to somebody/somethingjdm/einer Sache Treue schwören or geloben
(form: = toast) → einen Trinkspruch ausbringen auf (+acc)
vr to pledge oneself to do somethinggeloben or sich verpflichten, etw zu tun

pledge

[plɛdʒ]
1. n (promise) → promessa solenne; (security, token) → pegno
to be under a pledge of secrecy → aver promesso di mantenere il segreto
as a pledge of → come pegno or testimonianza di
to sign or take the pledge (hum, fam) → promettere solennemente di non toccare alcolici
2. vt
a. (promise) to pledge sth/to do sthpromettere qc/di fare qc
to pledge sb to secrecy → far promettere a qn di mantenere il segreto
to pledge support for sb → impegnarsi a sostenere qn
b. (pawn) → impegnare

pledge

(pledʒ) noun
1. a promise. He gave me his pledge.
2. something given by a person who is borrowing money etc to the person he has borrowed it from, to be kept until the money etc is returned. He borrowed $20 and left his watch as a pledge.
3. a sign or token. They exchanged rings as a pledge of their love.
verb
1. to promise. He pledged his support.
2. to give to someone when borrowing money etc. to pledge one's watch.
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