pledge

A pledge is basically very serious formal promise. You can pledge allegiance to your country, you can pledge to keep a secret, and you can pledge a sum of money to a cause.

Pledge can be used as both a noun and a verb. As a noun, it can be a solemn promise you've made. Or even the person who makes that promise, like the freshman pledges who take an oath to join a fraternity in college. As a verb, it describes the act of promising. “I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people,” vowed Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States.

Primary Meanings of pledge

1.
nv
a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something
promise solemnly and formally
2.
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a deposit of personal property as security for a debt
give as a guarantee
3.
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a drink in honor of or to the health of a person or event
propose a toast to
4.
v
pay (an amount of money) as a contribution to a charity or service, especially at regular intervals
Full Definitions of pledge
1

n a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something

“signed a pledge never to reveal the secret”
Synonyms:
assurance
Types:
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guarantee, warrant, warrantee, warranty
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
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
security, surety
a guarantee that an obligation will be met
deposit
a payment given as a guarantee that an obligation will be met
stock warrant
a written certificate that gives the holder the right to purchase shares of a stock for a specified price within a specified period of time
safety net
a guarantee of professional or financial security
full faith and credit
a guarantee to pay interest and principal on debt; usually issued by the United States Treasury
Type of:
commitment, dedication
a message that makes a pledge

n someone accepted for membership but not yet fully admitted to the group

Type of:
fellow member, member
one of the persons who compose a social group (especially individuals who have joined and participate in a group organization)

v promise solemnly and formally

“I pledge that I will honor my wife”
Synonyms:
plight
Types:
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vow
make a vow; promise
guarantee, vouch
give surety or assume responsibility
covenant
enter into a covenant or formal agreement
covenant
enter into a covenant
commune, communicate
receive Communion, in the Catholic church
affiance, betroth, engage, plight
give to in marriage
profess
take vows, as in religious order
swear
promise solemnly; take an oath
bail
secure the release of (someone) by providing security
stipulate
give a guarantee or promise of
communicate
administer Communion; in church
secure
assure payment of
confirm
administer the rite of confirmation to
bar mitzvah
confirm in the bar mitzvah ceremony, of boys in the Jewish faith
bat mitzvah
confirm in the bat mitzvah ceremony, of girls in the Jewish faith
Type of:
assure, promise
make a promise or commitment

v bind or secure by a pledge

“I was pledged to silence”
Type of:
bind, hold, obligate, oblige
bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted
2

n a deposit of personal property as security for a debt

“his saxophone was in pledge
Types:
pawn
an article deposited as security
Type of:
security interest
any interest in a property that secures the payment of an obligation

v give as a guarantee

“I pledge my honor”
Types:
collateralize
pledge as a collateral
give
offer in good faith
hypothecate
pledge without delivery or title of possession
Type of:
charge, consign
give over to another for care or safekeeping
3

n a drink in honor of or to the health of a person or event

Synonyms:
toast
Type of:
drink
a single serving of a beverage

v propose a toast to

Synonyms:
drink, salute, toast, wassail
Types:
give
propose
Type of:
honor, honour, reward
bestow honor or rewards upon
4

v 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”
Synonyms:
subscribe
Type of:
donate
give to a charity or good cause

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