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Pledge \Pledge\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pledged; p. pr. & vb. n. Pledging.] [Cf. OF. pleiger to give security. See Pledge, n.]

  1. To deposit, as a chattel, in pledge or pawn; to leave in possession of another as security; as, to pledge one's watch.

  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 Independence.

  3. To secure performance of, as by a pledge. [Obs.]

    To pledge my vow, I give my hand.

  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.


n. The making of a pledge. vb. (present participle of pledge English)

Usage examples of "pledging".

The meeting then dissolved, many of them having previously burned their licences, and thus virtually pledging themselves to the resolution adopted, which might be said to have been the business of the day.

Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, using immigrant workers who signed contracts pledging everyone in the family to work for a year.

Having failed to pay 9,000 livres for a modest estate near Rueil, he had no hesitation in pledging himself to pay 130,000 livres for the lordly domain of BuissonSouef.

And came the day when Rael spoke a prophecy, and Riatha journeyed to speak of it to Pebble and Petal, the Waerlinga grim with the portent, yet pledging to instruct their firstborns down through time.

The drainer gave me a standard form, promising me that all I said would be held in strictest confidence, the drainer merely acting as intermediary between me and the god of my choice, and I for my part pledging that I would hold the drainer to no liability for the knowledge he would have of me, that I would not call him as witness in a lawsuit or make him my alibi in some prosecution, et cetera, et cetera.

They must have pledgings, and grovelings, and for all I know, kiss-ings of their hinder parts as well.

It had, in short, won the election by pledging itself to be thriftlessly wicked, cruel, and vindictive.