Pledge - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |pledʒ|  American pronunciation of the word pledge
Brit.  |plɛdʒ|  British pronunciation of the word pledge


- a deposit of personal property as security for a debt
- someone accepted for membership but not yet fully admitted to the group
- a drink in honor of or to the health of a person or event (syn: toast)
- a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something(syn: assurance)


- promise solemnly and formally(syn: plight)
- pay (an amount of money) as a contribution to a charity or service, especially at regular intervals(syn: subscribe)
- propose a toast to (syn: drink, salute, toast, wassail)
- give as a guarantee
- bind or secure by a pledge


He has promised to fulfill a campaign pledge to cut taxes.

To make a pledge or donation, please call the charity's office.

The company has made a pledge of over $3,000.

He left his car as a pledge that he would return with the money.

Her family pledged $100,000 toward the construction of a new school.

He called to pledge money to the charity.

Every morning, we pledge allegiance to the flag.

teenagers who have pledged not to start smoking

During his campaign, he pledged that he would not raise taxes.

The chefs are pledged to keep the restaurant's special recipe a secret.

He pledged his paintings as collateral for a loan.

I can't tell you about the story, I'm pledged to secrecy.

Parents make a pledge to take their children to rehearsals.

Eisenhower fulfilled his election pledge to end the war in Korea.

Donors have made pledges totaling nearly $4 million.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: pledge
he/she/it: pledges
present participle: pledging
past tense: pledged
past participle: pledged
singular: pledge
plural: pledges
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