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English definition of “pledge”

pledge

noun [C]     /pledʒ/
a serious or formal promise, especially one to give money or to be a friend, or something that you give as a sign that you will keep a promise: [+ to infinitive] All the candidates have given/made pledges not to raise taxes if they are elected. Thousands of people made pledges (= promised to give money) to the charity campaign. I give you this ring as a pledge of my everlasting love for you.Making and breaking promises and commitments
(Definition of pledge noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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