Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: plege, from Late Latin plebium, from plebere 'to pledge'


1 noun
Related topics: College
pledge1 [countable]


formal a serious promise or agreement, especially one made publicly or officially
pledge of
a pledge of support for the plan
pledge to do something
the government's pledge to make no deals with terrorists
make/take/give a pledge
Parents make a pledge to take their children to rehearsals.
keep/fulfil/honour a pledge
Eisenhower fulfilled his election pledge to end the war in Korea.


a promise to give money to an organization:
Donors have made pledges totaling nearly $4 million.
pledge of
a pledge of $200 to the public TV station

something valuable

something valuable that you leave with someone else as proof that you will do what you have agreed to do

us colleges

SEC someone who has promised to become a member of a fraternity or sorority at an American university

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