pledgenoun [ C ]uk /pledʒ/ us /pledʒ/
[ + to infinitive ] All the candidates have given/made pledges not to raise taxes if they are elected.
- The couple will exchange rings as a pledge of their love for one another.
- We've received pledges of more than ten thousand pounds to help pay for repairs to the church.
- You can go online to make a pledge to the disaster relief fund.
- The government has made a pledge never to make deals with terrorists.
- Godparents make a pledge of support to the child's parents.
pledgeverb [ T ]uk /pledʒ/ us /pledʒ/
So far, £50,000 has been pledged (= people have promised to pay this amount) in response to the appeal.
I've been pledged to secrecy.
- The government has pledged to reduce the amount of chemicals used in food production.
- The president pledged to respect the existing frontiers between the two countries.
- He pledged undying love/loyalty.
- The minister has pledged his whole-hearted support for the scheme.
- Both Britain and the United States are pledging their support for the campaign.