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Definition of Pledge

Pledge

  1. 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.
  2. A person who undertook, or became responsible, for another; a bail; a surety; a hostage.
  3. A hypothecation without transfer of possession.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. A sentiment to which assent is given by drinking one's health; a toast; a health.
  7. To deposit, as a chattel, in pledge or pawn; to leave in possession of another as security; as, to pledge one's watch.
  8. To give or pass as a security; to guarantee; to engage; to plight; as, to pledge one's word and honor.
  9. To secure performance of, as by a pledge.
  10. To bind or engage by promise or declaration; to engage solemnly; as, to pledge one's self.
  11. 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 Quotations

We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination.
Nelson Mandela

On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind.
Dan Lipinski

There is much more to being a patriot and a citizen than reciting the pledge or raising a flag.
Jesse Ventura

I can make a firm pledge, under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.
Barack Obama

If you will come back and make that pledge, God will heal your heart tonight.
Benny Hinn
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Pledge Translations

pledge in Danish is kaution
pledge in Dutch is onderpand, pand, borgstelling
pledge in French is nantissement
pledge in Italian is deposito
pledge in Latin is obses, pignus
pledge in Spanish is prenda