[pledʒ] or [plɛdʒ]
(noun.) a drink in honor of or to the health of a person or event.
(noun.) someone accepted for membership but not yet fully admitted to the group.
(noun.) a deposit of personal property as security for a debt; 'his saxophone was in pledge'.
(verb.) promise solemnly and formally; 'I pledge that I will honor my wife'.
(verb.) bind or secure by a pledge; 'I was pledged to silence'.
(verb.) give as a guarantee; 'I pledge my honor'.
(verb.) 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'.
Typed by Hector--From WordNet
(n.) 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.
(n.) A person who undertook, or became responsible, for another; a bail; a surety; a hostage.
(n.) A hypothecation without transfer of possession.
(n.) 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.
(n.) 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.
(n.) A sentiment to which assent is given by drinking one's health; a toast; a health.
(n.) To deposit, as a chattel, in pledge or pawn; to leave in possession of another as security; as, to pledge one's watch.
(n.) To give or pass as a security; to guarantee; to engage; to plight; as, to pledge one's word and honor.
(n.) To secure performance of, as by a pledge.
(n.) To bind or engage by promise or declaration; to engage solemnly; as, to pledge one's self.
(n.) 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.
Typed by Doreen
Synonyms and Synonymous
n. . Pawn, gage, deposit.. Guarantee, security, earnest.. Health (in drinking).
v. a. . Pawn, impawn, plight, hypothecate, put in pledge, deposit as security.. Engage, commit.. Toast, drink to, drink the health of, drink in honor of.
Typed by Debora
Synonyms and Antonyms
SYN:Security, guarantee, warrant, hostage, surety, pawn, earnest
ANT:Word, promise, assurance, parole
Typed by Brandon
n. something given as a security: one who becomes surety for another: a sentiment of goodwill or friendship expressed by drinking together.—v.t. 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.—ns. Pledgee′ the person to whom a thing is pledged; Pledg′er.—Pledge card a card given as a remembrancer to a person who has signed the total abstinence pledge; Pledge cup a cup for drinking pledges.—Hold in pledge to keep as security; Put in pledge to pawn; Take or Sign the pledge to give a written promise to abstain from intoxicating liquor.
Typed by Annette
- Even the children were instructed, each to dip a wooden spoon into Mr. Micawber's pot, and pledge us in its contents. Charles Dickens. David Copperfield.
- And the lips that shall refuse to pledge me to his well-earned fame, I term false and dishonoured, and will so maintain them with my life. Walter Scott. Ivanhoe.
- If as a set-off (excuse the legal phrase from a barrister-at-law) you would like to ask Tippins to tea, I pledge myself to make love to her. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- They may pledge and make pledge,' continued he, scornfully; 'they nobbut make liars and hypocrites. Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell. North and South.
- I am imperfectly consoled for this disappointment by the sacred pledge, the perished flower. Charles Dickens. David Copperfield.
- The time was out in two days; I thought something might one day come of it too; and so redeemed the pledge. Charles Dickens. Oliver Twist.
- We parted: he gave me his pledge, and then his farewell. Charlotte Bronte. Villette.
- So then I promised to wait for him to the end of time and pledged myself not to marry anyone else while he lived. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
- Whatever happened, he knew, she would always be loyal, gallant and unresentful; and that pledged him to the practice of the same virtues. Edith Wharton. The Age of Innocence.
- In a year from the time when the Moonstone was pledged, the Indians will be on the watch for their third chance. Wilkie Collins. The Moonstone.
- First he pledged each to absolute secrecy. Rupert S. Holland. Historic Inventions.
- He paused a few moments, and added, less firmly than before-- 'But this chaise, my young friend, will only hold two; and I am pledged to Mr. Allen. Charles Dickens. The Pickwick Papers.
- You pledged the Diamond to the money-lender in London--I am sure of it! Wilkie Collins. The Moonstone.
- I could have pledged him with all my soul, said Athelstane, for my tongue cleaves to my palate. Walter Scott. Ivanhoe.
- If my signature pledges me to anything, she said, surely I have some claim to know what that pledge is? Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- I could never forget those domestic pledges I had left behind me. Jonathan Swift. Gulliver's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.
- Betrayal wouldn't amount to anything without all these pledges, he thought. Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom The Bell Tolls.
- It is not easy to express the joy I was in, upon the unexpected hope of once more seeing my beloved country, and the dear pledges I left in it. Jonathan Swift. Gulliver's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.
- Do you think this pledges anything? D. H. Lawrence. Women in Love .
- Cedric would have avoided pledging her in this ominous conviviality, but the sign which she made to him expressed impatience and despair. Walter Scott. Ivanhoe.