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English definition of “pledge”

pledge

verb [T]     /pledʒ/
to make a serious or formal promise to give or do something: We are asking people to pledge their support for our campaign . If you join the armed forces , you have to pledge allegiance to your country . So far , £50,000 has been pledged (= people have promised to pay this amount ) in response to the appeal . [+ to infinitive] Both sides have pledged to end the fighting . I've been pledged to secrecy .Making and breaking promises and commitments
(Definition of pledge verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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