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PLEDGE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pledge mean? 

PLEDGE (noun)
  The noun PLEDGE has 4 senses:

1. a deposit of personal property as security for a debt
2. someone accepted for membership but not yet fully admitted to the group
3. a drink in honor of or to the health of a person or event
4. a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something

  Familiarity information: PLEDGE used as a noun is uncommon.


PLEDGE (verb)
  The verb PLEDGE has 5 senses:

1. promise solemnly and formally
2. pay (an amount of money) as a contribution to a charity or service, especially at regular intervals
3. propose a toast to
4. give as a guarantee
5. bind or secure by a pledge

  Familiarity information: PLEDGE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


PLEDGE (noun)


Sense 1pledge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A deposit of personal property as security for a debt

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Context example:

his saxophone was in pledge

Hypernyms ("pledge" is a kind of...):

security interest (any interest in a property that secures the payment of an obligation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "pledge"):

pawn (an article deposited as security)


Sense 2pledge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone accepted for membership but not yet fully admitted to the group

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("pledge" is a kind of...):

member (one of the persons who compose a social group (especially individuals who have joined and participates in a group organization))


Sense 3pledge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A drink in honor of or to the health of a person or event

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Synonyms:

pledge; toast

Hypernyms ("pledge" is a kind of...):

drink (a single serving of a beverage)


Sense 4pledge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

assurance; pledge

Context examples:

an assurance of help when needed / signed a pledge never to reveal the secret

Hypernyms ("pledge" is a kind of...):

commitment; dedication (a message that makes a pledge)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "pledge"):

guarantee; warrant; warrantee; warranty (a written assurance that some product or service will be provided or will meet certain specifications)

guarantee (a pledge that something will happen or that something is true)

plight; troth (a solemn pledge of fidelity)

vow (a solemn pledge (to oneself or to another or to a deity) to do something or to behave in a certain manner)


PLEDGE (verb)


Sense 1pledge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Promise solemnly and formally

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

pledge; plight

Context example:

I pledge that will honor my wife

Hypernyms (to "pledge" is one way to...):

assure; promise (make a promise or commitment)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "pledge"):

covenant (enter into a covenant)

covenant (enter into a covenant or formal agreement)

guarantee; vouch (give surety or assume responsibility)

vow (make a vow; promise)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence example:

They pledge to move


Sense 2pledge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pay (an amount of money) as a contribution to a charity or service, especially at regular intervals

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

pledge; subscribe

Context example:

I pledged $10 a month to my favorite radio station

Hypernyms (to "pledge" is one way to...):

donate (give to a charity or good cause)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3pledge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Propose a toast to

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

salute; toast; wassail; drink; pledge

Context examples:

Let us toast the birthday girl! / Let's drink to the New Year

Hypernyms (to "pledge" is one way to...):

honor; honour; reward (bestow honor or rewards upon)

"Pledge" entails doing...:

booze; drink; fuddle (consume alcohol)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "pledge"):

give (propose)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 4pledge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give as a guarantee

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

I pledge my honor

Hypernyms (to "pledge" is one way to...):

charge; consign (give over to another for care or safekeeping)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "pledge"):

collateralize (pledge as a collateral)

give (offer in good faith)

hypothecate (pledge without delivery or title of possession)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5pledge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bind or secure by a pledge

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

I was pledged to silence

Hypernyms (to "pledge" is one way to...):

bind; hold; obligate; oblige (bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody PP


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