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Meaning of “pledge” in the English Dictionary

"pledge" in British English

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pledgenoun [C]

uk   us   /pledʒ/
a ​serious or ​formalpromise, ​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 toraisetaxes if they are ​elected. Thousands of ​people made pledges (= ​promised to give ​money) to the ​charitycampaign. I give you this ​ring as a pledge of my ​everlastinglove for you.

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pledgeverb [T]

uk   us   /pledʒ/
to make a ​serious or ​formalpromise to give or do something: We are ​askingpeople to pledge ​their support for ​ourcampaign. If you ​join the ​armedforces, you have to pledge allegiance to ​yourcountry. 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 tosecrecy.

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(Definition of pledge from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pledge" in American English

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pledgenoun [C]

 us   /pledʒ/
a ​formalpromise, or something that is given as a ​sign that you will ​keep a ​promise: a pledge of ​friendship The ​telethonraised $150,000 in pledges for ​leukemiaresearch.
(Definition of pledge from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"pledge" in Business English

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pledgeverb [T]

uk   us   /pledʒ/
to make a ​formal promise to do something: pledge to do sth The UK ​chiefexecutive has pledged to ​slashcosts 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 ​centraleconomicobjective 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.

pledgenoun [C]

uk   us   /pledʒ/
a ​formal promise to do something: a campaign/​election/manifesto pledgea pledge to do sth Analysts warn that OPEC's pledge to ramp up ​oilproduction in ​order to ​easerecordcrudeprices will not have the desired ​effect.make/honour/sign a pledge Campaigners have ​accusedCongress of ​failing to ​honour its US ​funding pledges.a pledge that sth Their ​goal of ​increasing electricity ​production from ​renewables by 40% has been ​reinforced by a pledge that they will not ​support further ​development of ​nuclearpower.
LAW something ​valuable that is given to a ​person or ​organization that has ​lent you ​money, which they can ​keep if you ​fail to ​pay back the ​loan: Serious ​financialirregularities took ​place, ​including the pledge of already paid-for securities.
(Definition of pledge from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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