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(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)   A drink in honor of or to the health of a person or event
(3)   Someone accepted for membership but not yet fully admitted to the group
(4)   A deposit of personal property as security for a debt
"His saxophone was in pledge"


(5)   Promise solemnly and formally
"I pledge that will honor my wife"
(6)   Bind or secure by a pledge
"I was pledged to silence"
(7)   Give as a guarantee
"I pledge my honor"
(8)   Propose a toast to
"Let us toast the birthday girl!"
"Let's drink to the New Year"
(9)   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"


From plege from plege from plege (Modern pleige) from plevium, plebium from plebire "to pledge", of origin, from *plegan "to pledge, support, guarantee" from from . Akin to pflegan "to take care of, be accustomed to", plegan "to vouch for", plēon "to risk, endanger". More at plight.


  1. To make a solemn promise (to do something).
  2. To deposit something as a security; to pawn.


  1. A solemn promise to do something.
  2. A person who has taken a pledge of allegiance to a college fraternity, but not yet formally approved.
  3. A security to guarantee payment of a debt.
  4. A drinking toast.
  5. (the pledge): A promise to abstain from drinking alcohol.