Definitions of pledge

  1. 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"
  2. propose a toast to; " Let us toast the birthday girl!"; " Let's drink to the New Year"
  3. pay ( an amount of money) as a contribution to a charity or service, esp. at regular intervals; " I pledged $ 10 a month to my favorite radio station"
  4. a drink in honor of or to the health of a person or event
  5. someone accepted for membership but not yet fully admitted to the group
  6. a deposit of personal property as security for a debt; " his saxophone was in pledge"
  7. bind or secure by a pledge
  8. promise solemnly and formally; " I pledge that will honor my wife"
  9. bind or secure by a pledge; " I was pledged to silence"
  10. 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"
  11. To promise.
  12. 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.
  13. A person who undertook, or became responsible, for another; a bail; a surety; a hostage.
  14. A hypothecation without transfer of possession.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. A sentiment to which assent is given by drinking one's health; a toast; a health.
  18. To deposit, as a chattel, in pledge or pawn; to leave in possession of another as security; as, to pledge one's watch.
  19. To give or pass as a security; to guarantee; to engage; to plight; as, to pledge one's word and honor.
  20. To secure performance of, as by a pledge.
  21. To bind or engage by promise or declaration; to engage solemnly; as, to pledge one's self.
  22. 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.
  23. Anything placed as a security or guarantee; a pawn; a drinking of a health as an expression of good will or a promise; an agreement or promise to do or not to do something; a token of good will.
  24. To give as security or guarantee; put in pawn; to bind by a promise; drink to the health of.
  25. A security: surety.
  26. 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.
  27. PLEDGER.
  28. Anything offered as security; solemn promise.
  29. To give as security; engage by promise; drink to the health of.
  30. To deposit as security for a loan.
  31. To drink the health of.
  32. A guaranty for the performance of an act.
  33. A promise.
  34. The drinking of a health.
  35. Something put in pawn as security; a security; a surety; a security given for the repayment of money or the prosecution of a suit; a drinking to the health of another.
  36. To deposit in pawn or as security; to engage by promise; to drink health to.
  37. Anything deposited as security; surety; a promise solemnly given; in politics, profession of principles; a warrant given, as one's faith or word; a hostage; a drinking to the health of.
  38. To warrant; to deposit as security; to engage by promise or declaration; to drink to the health of another.

Usage examples for pledge

  1. " He must break his pledge. – Wife in Name Only by Charlotte M. Braeme (Bertha M. Clay)
  2. I kep' my pledge ter yer, though. – A Pagan of the Hills by Charles Neville Buck
  3. Can't you get him to take the pledge, Mary? – Light Freights, Complete by W. W. Jacobs
  4. I made a pledge to be no more a Romany and I will keep it; yet you and all Romany people are dear to me because through long generations the Druses have been of you. – The World For Sale, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  5. Such love I pledge you, John Darrell. – At the Time Appointed by A. Maynard Barbour
  6. Then will they pledge to you their lives and property as far as they can. – The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli by Johann Hottinger
  7. But don't pledge yourself, and don't count upon my promise or my money, until you hear again. – The Princess Virginia by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  8. Take back your pledge- ye come too late! – Poems by Frances E. W. Harper
  9. Each book, if we could pledge our honor as gentlemen that we had read it, counted us five in examination. – The Harbor by Ernest Poole
  10. And each must hold the other to his pledge. – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  11. I am not taking it, but I am taking a pledge to return the compliment to you if ever I get the chance." – You Never Know Your Luck, Complete Being The Story Of A Matrimonial Deserter by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  12. It is very generous of you, sir, but I could not possibly pledge myself to you or any man. – Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker by Marguerite Bryant
  13. That needn't pledge her." – Kincaid's Battery by George W. Cable
  14. One more of her day dreams was realized: she had given to the man she loved with all her heart her first kiss- and with it, on her part, the unspoken pledge of herself. – Flamsted quarries by Mary E. Waller
  15. I won't pledge myself for more, I assure you. – Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood by George MacDonald
  16. I pledge my word for it.... – A Royal Prisoner by Pierre Souvestre Marcel Allain
  17. Only the rose lay in his hand,- her parting gift, and perhaps her parting pledge. – Not Like Other Girls by Rosa N. Carey
  18. Our lips may feel the goblet's edge And taste the loving cup we pledge. – Poems by Arthur Macy
  19. No, I'll deal with you plainly- but I rely on your pledge. – The Great Miss Driver by Anthony Hope
  20. For the performance of this take whatever pledge you please. – The History of Rome; Books Nine to Twenty-Six by Titus Livius