- 1[transitive] to formally promise to give or do something pledge something Japan has pledged $100 million in humanitarian aid. The government pledged their support for the plan. pledge something to somebody/something We all had to pledge allegiance to the flag (= state that we are loyal to our country). pledge to do something The group has pledged to continue campaigning. pledge (that)… The group has pledged that they will continue campaigning.
- 2[transitive] to make someone or yourself formally promise to do something synonym swear pledge somebody/yourself (to something) They were all pledged to secrecy. pledge somebody/yourself to do something The government has pledged itself to root out corruption.
- 3[transitive] pledge something to leave something with someone as a pledge
- 4 [intransitive, transitive] to promise to become a junior member of a fraternity or sorority Do you think you'll pledge this semester? pledge something My brother pledged Sigma Nu.
NAmE//plɛdʒ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pledge
he / she / it pledges
past simple pledged
-ing form pledging