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English noun: pledge

1. pledge (possession) a deposit of personal property as security for a debt

SamplesHis saxophone was in pledge.

Broader (hypernym)security interest

Narrower (hyponym)pawn

2. pledge (person) someone accepted for membership but not yet fully admitted to the group

Broader (hypernym)fellow member, member

3. pledge (food) a drink in honor of or to the health of a person or event


Broader (hypernym)drink

4. pledge (communication) a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something

SamplesAn assurance of help when needed.
Signed a pledge never to reveal the secret.


Broader (hypernym)commitment, dedication

Narrower (hyponym)guarantee, guarantee, plight, troth, vow, warrant, warrantee, warranty

English verb: pledge

1. pledge (communication) promise solemnly and formally

SamplesI pledge that I will honor my wife.

ExamplesThey pledge to move


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)assure, promise

Narrower (hyponym)covenant, covenant, guarantee, vouch, vow

2. pledge (possession) pay (an amount of money) as a contribution to a charity or service, especially at regular intervals

SamplesI pledged $10 a month to my favorite radio station.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)donate

3. pledge (consumption) propose a toast to

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

Synonymsdrink, salute, toast, wassail

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)honor, honour, reward

Narrower (hyponym)give

Entailbooze, drink, fuddle

4. pledge (communication) give as a guarantee

SamplesI pledge my honor.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)charge, consign

Narrower (hyponym)collateralize, give, hypothecate

5. pledge (communication) bind or secure by a pledge

SamplesI was pledged to silence.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)bind, hold, obligate, oblige

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