I. pledge pledge 1 [pledʒ] noun [countable]
1. JOURNALISM a formal, usually public, promise that you will do something:

• the President's pledge to make employment his priority

2. LAW FINANCE something that you offer as security (= an asset that lenders can take if you do not repay) when you borrow money:

• He may have given the painting to someone as a pledge to secure a loan.

  [m0] II. pledge pledge 2 verb [transitive]
1. JOURNALISM to make a formal, usually public, promise that you will do something:

• Several national charities have pledged money to build the centre.

pledge to do something

• The government pledged to draw up a program for growth and employment.

2. LAW FINANCE when you borrow money, to offer something you own as security (= something that lenders have a right to take and sell if you do not repay):

• He will pledge virtually all of his assets, including his personal residences, to secure his borrowings.

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pledge UK US /pledʒ/ verb [T]
to make a formal promise to do something: pledge to do sth »

The UK chief executive has pledged to slash costs by £150m a year by 2014.

pledge $32m/£100,000, etc. to/for sth »

EU leaders pledged $1.2 billion to the region over the next 18 months.

pledge that sth »

He pledged that a reduction in the burden of taxation will become the central economic objective of the government.

LAW to give something valuable to a person or organization that has lent you money, which they can keep if you fail to pay back the loan: pledge sth as collateral/security »

Shares are frequently pledged as collateral for loans.

pledge UK US /pledʒ/ noun [C]
a formal promise to do something: »

a campaign/election/manifesto pledge

a pledge to do sth »

Analysts warn that OPEC's pledge to ramp up oil production in order to ease record crude prices will not have the desired effect.

make/honour/sign a pledge »

Campaigners have accused Congress of failing to honour its US funding pledges.

a pledge that sth »

Their goal of increasing electricity production from renewables by 40% has been reinforced by a pledge that they will not support further development of nuclear power.

LAW something valuable that is given to a person or organization that has lent you money, which they can keep if you fail to pay back the loan: »

Serious financial irregularities took place, including the pledge of already paid-for securities.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • pledge — (n.) mid 14c., surety, bail, from O.Fr. plege (Fr. pleige) hostage, security, bail, probably from Frankish *plegan to guarantee, from a West Germanic root meaning have responsibility for (Cf. O.Saxon plegan vouch for, O.H.G. pflegan to care for,… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • Pledge — (engl., spr. pledsch), Pfand; Gelübde bei Aufnahme in einen Mäßigkeits (Temperenz ) Verein …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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