Pledge en


  1. (noun) A hypothecation without transfer of possession.
  2. (noun) To give or pass as a security; to guarantee; to engage; to plight; as, to pledge one's word and honor.
  3. (noun) 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.
  4. (noun) A sentiment to which assent is given by drinking one's health; a toast; a health.
  5. (noun) To bind or engage by promise or declaration; to engage solemnly; as, to pledge one's self.
  6. (noun) To deposit, as a chattel, in pledge or pawn; to leave in possession of another as security; as, to pledge one's watch.
  7. (noun) 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.
  8. (noun) To secure performance of, as by a pledge.
  9. (noun) 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.
  10. (noun) A person who undertook, or became responsible, for another; a bail; a surety; a hostage.
  11. (noun) 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.
Word: pledge
Pronunciation of pledge: 'plej
Function of pledge: noun
Origin of pledge: Middle English, security, from Middle French plege, from Late Latin plebium, from (assumed) Late Latin plebere to pledge, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German pflegan to take care of -- more at PLIGHT
1 a : a bailment of a chattel as security for a debt or other obligation without involving transfer of title b : the chattel so delivered c : the contract incidental to such a bailment
2 a : the state of being held as a security or guaranty b : something given as security for the performance of an act
3 : a token, sign, or earnest of something else
4 : a gage of battle
5 : TOAST 3
6 a : a binding promise or agreement to do or forbear b (1) : a promise to join a fraternity, sorority, or secret society (2) : a person who has so promised

Synonyms of pledge

Assurance, Drink, Plight, Salute, Subscribe, Toast, Wassail,