pledgepledge1 /pledʒ/ ●○○ noun [countable]1promise formalPROMISE a seriouspromise or agreement, especially one made publicly or officiallypledge ofa pledge of support for the planpledge to do somethingthe government’s pledge to make no deals with terroristsmake/take/give a pledgeParents make a pledge to take their children to rehearsals.keep/fulfil/honour a pledgeEisenhower fulfilled his election pledge to end the war in Korea.2money a promise to give money to an organizationDonors have made pledges totaling nearly $4 million.pledge ofa pledge of $200 to the public TV station3something valuablePROMISE something valuable that you leave with someone else as proof that you will do what you have agreed to do4us collegesSEC someone who has promised to become a member of a fraternity or sorority at an AmericanuniversityCOLLOCATIONSverbsmake/give a pledgeSeveral European countries made similar pledges.take a pledge literary (=make one, especially formally)He took a pledge never to drink again.keep a pledge (=do what you promised to do)He has not kept his election pledges.fulfil/honour a pledge (=more formal than keep)The time is coming when they will have to honour that pledge.renege on a pledge formal (=not keep it)The government reneged on its electoral pledges.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + pledgean election/campaign/manifesto pledgeThe governor had kept her campaign pledge to slash taxes.a spending pledge British English:I asked him to clarify Labour’s spending pledges.a firm pledgeHe also gave a firm pledge to build up the National Health Service.a solemn pledgeWe will not forget. That is a solemn pledge.
pledgepledge2 ●○○ verb [transitive]1PROMISEpromise to make a formal, usually public, promise that you will do somethingpledge something to something/somebodyMoore pledged $100,000 to the orchestra at the fund-raising dinner.pledge to do somethingThe new governor pledged to reduce crime.pledge thatHerrera pledged that his company would give aid to schools.pledge (your) support/loyalty/solidarity etcHe pledged his cooperation.pledge yourself to (do) somethingTrade unions pledged themselves to resist the government plans.► see thesaurus at promise2PROMISEmake somebody promise to make someone formally promise somethingEmployees were pledged to secrecy.3PROMISEleave something to leave something with someone as a pledge1(3)4SECus colleges to promise to become a member of a fraternity or sorority at an American university→ See Verb table
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pledge• Britain has pledged £1.3 million to the UN for refugee work.• Moore has pledged $100,000 to the symphony.• The government has pledged £500,000 worth of aid to the drought- stricken area.• The U.S. has pledged aid to the country.• Should new citizens of Canadapledgeallegiance to the queen of Great Britain?• Our switchboard was flooded with calls and thousands bombarded our appealhotline to pledgedonations.• And he pledged that the hospital will be only one facet of a much widermenu of mental health programs.• Rakhmanov immediately pledged to end the fighting.• He recallsJoe Scott blaming the problems on an improperly updated computer system, and pledging to make corrections.• Later Tesco pledged to replace the trees at GoldenHill, Bristol.• Many rockstars have pledged to support the campaign to save the rainforests.• President Clinton supports most of the bill, but has pledged to veto it if the education amendment is included.pledge to do something• Couples who registerpledge to be jointly responsible for their basic living expenses.• On Jan. 5 he pledged to continue and consolidate the free-market reforms started by the Mazowiecki government.• Three successive Home Secretaries have stood at the DispatchBox and pledged to do away with holding prisoners in police cells.• It has pledged to end the deeply unpopulardraft and to reduce the 80,000-strong army.• The film companies, however, were pledged to fight the new medium to the last ditch.• More than 400 Wensleydale Smokebusters have pledged to help support some one wanting to give up cigarettes.• The Government stopped it and pledged to save the mountain.From Longman Business Dictionarypledgepledge1 /pledʒ/ noun [countable]1journalism a formal, usually public, promise that you will do somethingthe President’s pledge to make employment his priority2LAWFINANCEsomething that you offer as SECURITY (=an asset that lenders can take if you do not repay) when you borrow moneyHe may have given the painting to someone as a pledge to secure a loan.pledgepledge2 verb [transitive]1journalism to make a formal, usually public, promise that you will do somethingSeveral national charities have pledged money to build the centre.pledge to do somethingThe government pledged to draw up a program for growth and employment.2LAWFINANCEwhen you borrow money, to offer something you own as SECURITY (=something that lenders have a right to take and sell if you do not repay)He will pledge virtually all of his assets, including his personal residences, to secure his borrowings.→ See Verb table