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"pledge" in British English

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pledgenoun [C]

uk   /pledʒ/  us   /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.

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pledgeverb [T]

uk   /pledʒ/  us   /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.

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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 formal promise, or something that is given as a sign that you will keep a promise: a pledge of friendship The telethon raised $150,000 in pledges for leukemia research.
(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 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.

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 oil production in order to ease record crude prices will not have the desired effect.make/honour/sign a pledge Campaigners have accused Congress 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 nuclear power.
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 financial irregularities 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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“pledge” in British English

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