Definition of pawn verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

pawn

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verb
BrE BrE//pɔːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɔːn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pawn
BrE BrE//pɔːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɔːn//
 
he / she / it pawns
BrE BrE//pɔːnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɔːnz//
 
past simple pawned
BrE BrE//pɔːnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɔːnd//
 
past participle pawned
BrE BrE//pɔːnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɔːnd//
 
-ing form pawning
BrE BrE//ˈpɔːnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔːnɪŋ//
 
 
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pawn something to leave an object with a pawnbroker in exchange for money. The object is returned to the owner if he or she pays back the money within an agreed period of time. If not, it can be sold. Word Originverb late 15th cent. (as a noun): from Old French pan ‘pledge, security’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch pand and German Pfand.
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