World English Dictionary
pledge (plɛdʒ)
1.  a formal or solemn promise or agreement, esp to do or refrain from doing something
2.  a.  collateral for the payment of a debt or the performance of an obligation
 b.  the condition of being collateral (esp in the phrase in pledge)
3.  a sign, token, or indication: the gift is a pledge of their sincerity
4.  an assurance of support or goodwill, conveyed by drinking to a person, cause, etc; toast: we drank a pledge to their success
5.  a person who binds himself, as by becoming bail or surety for another
6.  sign the pledge, take the pledge to make a vow to abstain from alcoholic drink
7.  to promise formally or solemnly: he pledged allegiance
8.  (tr) to bind or secure by or as if by a pledge: they were pledged to secrecy
9.  to give, deposit, or offer (one's word, freedom, property, etc) as a guarantee, as for the repayment of a loan
10.  to drink a toast to (a person, cause, etc)
[C14: from Old French plege, from Late Latin plebium gage, security, from plebīre to pledge, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German pflegan to look after, care for]

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