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Meaning of PLEDGE

Pronunciation:  plej

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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. [n]  a drink in honor of or to the health of a person or event
  3. [n]  someone accepted for membership but not yet fully admitted to the group
  4. [n]  a deposit of personal property as security for a debt; "his saxophone was in pledge"
  5. [v]  promise solemnly and formally
  6. [v]  bind or secure by a pledge
  7. [v]  give as a guarantee; "I pledge my honor"
  8. [v]  propose a toast to; "Let us toast the birthday girl!"; "Let's drink to the New Year"
  9. [v]  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"

PLEDGE is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: assurance, drink, plight, salute, subscribe, toast, toast, wassail
 See Also: assure, bind, booze, charge, commitment, consign, covenant, dedication, donate, drink, fuddle, give, give, guarantee, guarantee, hold, honor, honour, hypothecate, member, obligate, oblige, pawn, plight, promise, reward, security interest, troth, vouch, vow, vow, warrant, warrantee, warranty



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pledge\, n. [OF. plege, pleige, pledge, guaranty, LL.
    plegium, plivium; akin to OF. plevir to bail, guaranty,
    perhaps fr. L. praebere to proffer, offer (sc. fidem a trust,
    a promise of security), but cf. also E. play. [root]28. Cf.
    {Prebend}, {Replevin}.]
    1. (Law) 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.
    Note: Pledge is ordinarily confined to personal property; the
          title or ownership does not pass by it; possession is
          essential to it. In all these points it differs from a
          mortgage [see {Mortgage}]; and in the last, from the
          hypotheca of the Roman law. See {Hypotheca}. --Story.
    2. (Old Eng. Law) A person who undertook, or became
       responsible, for another; a bail; a surety; a hostage. ``I
       am Grumio's pledge.'' --Shak.
    3. A hypothecation without transfer of possession.
    4. 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. ``That
       voice, their liveliest pledge of hope.'' --Milton.
    5. 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.
    6. A sentiment to which assent is given by drinking one's
       health; a toast; a health.
    {Dead pledge}. [A translation of {LL}. mortuum vadium.] (Law)
       A mortgage. See {Mortgage}.
    {Living pledge}. [A translation of LL. vivum vadium.] (Law)
       The conveyance of an estate to another for money borrowed,
       to be held by him until the debt is paid out of the rents
       and profits.
    {To hold in pledge}, to keep as security.
    {To put in pledge}, to pawn; to give as security.
    Syn: See {Earnest}.
  2. \Pledge\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pledged}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Pledging}.] [Cf. OF. pleiger to give security. See {Pledge},
    1. To deposit, as a chattel, in pledge or pawn; to leave in
       possession of another as security; as, to pledge one's
    2. To give or pass as a security; to guarantee; to engage; to
       plight; as, to pledge one's word and honor.
             We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our
             fortunes, and our sacred honor.       --The
                                                   Declaration of
    3. To secure performance of, as by a pledge. [Obs.]
             To pledge my vow, I give my hand.     --Shak.
    4. To bind or engage by promise or declaration; to engage
       solemnly; as, to pledge one's self.
    5. 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.
             Pledge me, my friend, and drink till thou be'st
             wise.                                 --Cowley.
Easton Bible Dictionary


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