Definition of “pledge” - English Dictionary

“pledge” in 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 /pledʒ/ us

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 /pledʒ/ us

a formal promise to do something:

a campaign/election/manifesto pledge
a 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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Let me emphasise that the credibility of our pledges is of great importance and make it crystal clear that there will be no changes to the scope of our pledge.
Now that pledge has slipped to 2030.
Tomorrow our vote should be considered as a pledge to act; a pledge that we shall work together with vigour until these rights are secured.
Do not put off awkward issues to the last minute and pay more attention to the implementation than to the pledge.
Secondly, they must pledge financial resources with a view to implementing the decisions and, thirdly, supervisory tools must be created for the purpose of monitoring implementation.
We must pledge our support for this.
We want broad-based security, worldwide, and demand that the pledge to ensure that by 2015 all boys and girls can attend school while being healthy and well-fed, be honoured.
We shall remember that pledge.
To those who have given their lives to provide us with security, we offer once again our gratitude, our prayers and our pledge that we will never forget.
He has fulfilled his pledge.