• WordNet 3.6
    • v pledge promise solemnly and formally "I pledge that I will honor my wife"
    • v pledge bind or secure by a pledge "I was pledged to silence"
    • v pledge give as a guarantee "I pledge my honor"
    • v pledge propose a toast to "Let us toast the birthday girl!","Let's drink to the New Year"
    • v pledge 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"
    • n pledge 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"
    • n pledge a drink in honor of or to the health of a person or event
    • n pledge someone accepted for membership but not yet fully admitted to the group
    • n pledge a deposit of personal property as security for a debt "his saxophone was in pledge"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is more real lemon juice in Lemon Pledge furniture polish than in Country Time Lemonade.
    • Pledge A hypothecation without transfer of possession.
    • Pledge (Old Eng. Law) A person who undertook, or became responsible, for another; a bail; a surety; a hostage. "I am Grumio's pledge ."
    • Pledge 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.
    • Pledge A sentiment to which assent is given by drinking one's health; a toast; a health.
    • Pledge 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. "That voice, their liveliest pledge of hope."
    • Pledge (Law) 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.
    • Pledge To bind or engage by promise or declaration; to engage solemnly; as, to pledge one's self.
    • Pledge To deposit, as a chattel, in pledge or pawn; to leave in possession of another as security; as, to pledge one's watch.
    • Pledge 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."
    • Pledge 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."
    • Pledge To secure performance of, as by a pledge. "To pledge my vow, I give my hand."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pledge In law: A person who goes surety or gives bail for another; especially, a surety whom early English law required of a plaintiff on bringing an action. After a time “John Doe” and “Richard Roe” did duty as such pledges.
    • n pledge A bailment of personal property as a security for some debt or engagement. Story, J. It differs from a chattel mortgage in three essential characteristics: it may be constituted without any contract in writing, merely by delivery of the thing pledged; it requires a delivery of the thing pledged, and is continued only so long as the possession remains with the creditor; it does not generally pass the title to the thing pledged, but gives only a lien to the creditor, and the debtor retains the general property, lint, as regards choses in action, the distinction that a mortgage is a transfer of the title, while a pledge is a mere lien without a transfer of title, does not always hold good; for in most cases a pledge of choses in action can be made effectual only by a transfer of the legal title. (See mortgage.) A pledge of a chose in action is now more commonly termed collateral security, or collateral
    • n pledge Anything given or considered as security for the performance of an act; a guaranty. Thus, a man gives his word or makes a promise to another, which is received as a pledge for fulfilment; a candidate for parliamentary honors gives promises or pledges, to support certain measures; the mutual affection of husband and wife is a pledge for the faithful performance of the marriage covenant; mutual interest is the best pledge for the performance of treaties.
    • n pledge Figuratively, a child; offspring.
    • n pledge A surety; a hostage.
    • n pledge A formal obligation whereby one voluntarily binds himself to abstain from the use of intoxicating drink.
    • n pledge A token or sign of favor, agreement, etc.
    • n pledge An expression of good will, or a promise of friendship and support, conveyed by drinking together; hence, in a more general sense, the act of drinking together; the drinking of a health.
    • pledge To give as a pledge or pawn; deposit in pawn; deposit or leave in possession of a person as security. See pledge, n.
    • pledge To give or formally and solemnly offer as a guaranty or security.
    • pledge To bind to something by a pledge, promise, or engagement; engage solemnly: as, to pledge one's self.
    • pledge To guarantee the performance of by or as by a pledge.
    • pledge To give assurance of friendship to, or promise friendship to, by or in the act of drinking; hence, to drink a health to or with. [The use of the word in this sense is said to have arisen from the fact that, in the rude and lawless society of former times, the person who called upon another to drink virtually pledged himself that the other would not be attacked while drinking or poisoned by the liquor.]
    • pledge To assure solemnly or in a binding manner; guarantee.
    • pledge = Syn. 1-3. To pawn, hypothecate. See plight, verb
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pledge plej something given as a security: one who becomes surety for another: a sentiment of goodwill or friendship expressed by drinking together
    • v.t Pledge to give as security: to engage for by promise: to invite to drink by partaking of the cup first: to drink to the health of
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  • Ellen Key
    Ellen Key
    “Not observation of a duty but liberty itself is the pledge that assures fidelity.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “Personally, I hold that a man, who deliberately and intelligently takes a pledge and then breaks it, forfeits his manhood.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. plege, pleige, pledge, guaranty, LL. plegium, plivium,; akin to OF. plevir, to bail, guaranty, perhaps fr. L. praebere, to proffer, offer (sc., fidem, a trust, a promise of security), but cf. also E. play,. √28. Cf. Prebend Replevin


In literature:

It was not much she asked from him, no pledge, no bondage.
"A Lost Leader" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Would the Phrenotypics, or brain-printing, as it is called, succeed in stereotyping a pledge in the recollection of a member of parliament?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
When, in answer to my vague proposal, he told me I had already pledged myself, I confess I was startled for a moment.
"Sunrise" by William Black
I pledge you my word I did not know it.
"The Master of Appleby" by Francis Lynde
I pledge you my word that this affair does not end here.
"The Devil's Own" by Randall Parrish
I pledged your devoted wife I would rescue you, or never return alive myself.
"Prisoners of Chance" by Randall Parrish
After that men came forward with pledges of peace and good faith, and Lyting's kinsmen granted pledges to Amund.
"The story of Burnt Njal" by Anonymous
They in the hall, the viands piled on gold, Pledging the God of wine, their brimming cups uphold.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
She had no wish to go back from her pledged word.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
They were asking some pledge of me, or their looks belied them.
"Simon Dale" by Anthony Hope

In poetry:

Brothers, then the foe shall fall,
When we take our father's seats,
Here we pledge us, one and all,
We will drive him from our streets.
"Welcome Brothers! For A Cold Water Army" by John Pierpont
Ladye, to-night I pledge thy name,
To-morrow thou shalt pledge mine;
Ever the smile of beauty should light
The victor's blood-red wine.
"The Troubadour. Canto 1" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
E'en 'gainst the teachings of their youth;
Against the pledges of the soul;
Against the urgencies of truth,
How oft we've bowed to their control.
"Valedictory On Leaving San Francisco, California." by James Madison Bell
Tra Thou art now at noon,
At dawn Harmachis, soon
Shalt Thou be Tmu ere night-
We pledge Thee, O Thou Sun,
Feast Thou on our delight —
Three gods art Thou, yet One !
"Egyptian Lyrics" by E J Rupert Atkinson
Others may spurn the pledge of land to land,
May with the brute sword stain a gallant past;
But by the seal to which you set your hand,
Thank God, you still stand fast!
"Pro Patria" by Sir Owen Seaman
Then, let him sorrow as he might,
And pledge his daughter and his throne
To who restored the jewel bright,
The broken spell would ne'er unite;
The grim old ocean held its own.
"Birthday Verses" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Audobon sponsoring 'Pledge to Fledge ' event.
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a "Pledge to Fledge " event at its Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve in Berkeley County on Saturday, Aug 25.
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Jared Fogle from Subway explains why the W82TXT Pledge is so important.
Participants in a Taiwanese beauty pageant are asked to sign a fidelity pledge.
With 'Pledge to America,' Republicans are new Foundering Fathers.
Republicans 'Pledge to America' video.
T he new GOP-controlled House has pledged to rein in federal spending over both the short and the long term.
An 18-year-old died of alcohol poisoning in August after he and other pledges were locked in a room and told they could not leave until they had consumed bottles of tequila, rum and vodka, police said.
BRIDGETON — Cumberland County freeholder candidate, Doug Long, has pledged to do his job unpaid if elected, but seems to be alone in his vow to donate his freeholder salary back to the county budget.
The Will You Sign My Pledge Gabfest .
A lawyer for five of the women said Monday that they deny the allegations of paddling Sigma Gamma Rho pledges.
Don't infringe on my pledge to 'one nation, under God '.
Gates pledges $100 million for AIDS.
The halls hold reminders of a pledge students took saying they would not curse.
Major colleges pledge aid without debt.

In science:

Pledge, H.T. 1939, Science since 1500, a short history of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology.
Astrometry during the past 2000 years
Hughes for drawing my attention to this diagram in Pledge (1939) in a mail of March 2008. I had asked him whether he knew the diagram shown here as Hipparcos-1989.
Astrometry during the past 2000 years
The diagram is shown on p.291 in Pledge (1939), facing a page where the first measurement of stellar parallaxes about 1838 is mentioned on just six lines.
Astrometry during the past 2000 years
But they also secretly signed a commitment, pledging each other that light bulbs would be designed and constructed such that their expected life time would not exceed 1000 hours.
Modern consumerism and the waste problem