Definition of pledge noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pledʒ//
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  1. 1a serious promise synonym commitment pledge (of something) a pledge of support pledge (to do something) Will the government honour its election pledge not to raise taxes? pledge (that…) Management has given a pledge that there will be no job losses this year.
  2. 2a sum of money or something valuable that you leave with somebody to prove that you will do something or pay back money that you owe
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting a person acting as surety for another): from Old French plege, from medieval Latin plebium, perhaps related to the Germanic base of plight (verb).Extra examples The party’s election pledge was to cut income taxes by a third over the next five years. They recited the Pledge of Allegiance. manifesto pledges on greater public spending spending pledges given by the government The new leader demanded a pledge of loyalty from each of his allies. The new owners gave a pledge that there would be no job losses.Idioms (old-fashioned) to make a promise never to drink alcohol
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