pledged


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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.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pledged - bound by or as if by an oath; "according to an early tradition became his sworn brother"; "sworn enemies"
committed - bound or obligated, as under a pledge to a particular cause, action, or attitude; "committed church members"; "a committed Marxist"
References in classic literature ?
Men who have been my intimate associates for many years, and whose friendship was dear to me, cross the road to avoid: meeting me, day by day I am besieged with visitors and letters from the suffering people to whom my word had been pledged, imploring me for some explanation, for one word of denial.
If you are not absolutely pledged to Philip, we are neither of us bound.
After the customary questions, whether they desired to enter upon matrimony, and whether they were pledged to anyone else, and their answers, which sounded strange to themselves, a new ceremony began.
Bonus shares on the pledged shares are automatically pledged in favour of the pledgee.
KUWAIT, March 30 (KUNA) -- Kuwait and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have pledged over USD half billion in aid for the Syrian people, during a meeting of NGOs in Kuwait on Monday.
For instance, he says, of the already present foreign investors, Johnson Controls--Skopje pledged 500 jobs of which they have already created 325, Johnson Controls--Stip pledged 1,500 and have so far created 768 jobs, Johnson Matthey pledged 650 and created 448, Kemet Electronics pledged 500 and created 177, Protek pledged 130 and created 50, TeknoHose pledged 170 and created 32, Van Hool pledged 500 and created 250, Kormberg & Schubert pledged 3,000 and created 792, Draxlmaier pledged 4,000 and created 1,048, Alliance One pledged 150 and created 138, Kumal in Stip announced 50, Coficab in Kavadarci announced 150, and Marquardt in Veles announced 500.
Till date, at least 93 billionaires have pledged to give away at least 50 percent of their wealth to charity during their lifetimes or upon their deaths.
The final regulations provide that a disregarded entity's net value equals the fair market value (FMV) of all its assets that may be subject to creditors' claims under local law, including enforceable rights to contributions from its owner, but excluding its interest in the partnership for which the net value is being determined (if any) and the FMV of property pledged to secure a partnership liability (already taken into account under Regs.
0); they were more than doubled among respondents who reported in Wave 1 having pledged to remain abstinent until married (2.
As additional collateral, Maloof pledged all his shares of Level Propane and a $1 million life insurance policy.
In this large, long-term study, adolescents who consistently' pledged virginity (about 7% of the 11,000, or 777 individuals) did have more behaviors that would be expected to be protective--fewer partners, fewer risky partners, and delayed age of first sexual experience, with 25% of men and 21% of women being virgins at age 25 (compared to 7% and 6% for non-pledgers).
IBM has pledged open access to key innovations covered by 500 IBM software patents to individuals and groups working on open source software.