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pledge

verb [T]
 
 
/pledʒ/
to make a formal promise to do something: pledge to do sth The UK chief executive has pledged to slash costs by £150m a year by 2014.pledge $32m/£100,000, etc. to/for sth EU leaders pledged $1.2 billion to the region over the next 18 months.pledge that sth He pledged that a reduction in the burden of taxation will become the central economic objective of the government.
LAW to give something valuable to a person or organization that has lent you money, which they can keep if you fail to pay back the loan: pledge sth as collateral/security Shares are frequently pledged as collateral for loans.
Translations of “pledge”
in Korean 맹세하다, 공약하다…
in Arabic يَتَعهّد…
in French mettre en gage…
in Turkish söz vermek, vaat etmek, and içmek…
in Italian impegnare, garantire…
in Chinese (Traditional) 發誓, 保證…
in Russian давать обещание…
in Polish zadeklarować…
in Spanish empeñar…
in Portuguese prometer…
in German verpfänden…
in Catalan prometre…
in Japanese ~を固く約束する, 誓約する, 誓う…
in Chinese (Simplified) 发誓, 保证…
(Definition of pledge verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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