Pledge Pledge, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pledged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pledging}.] [Cf. OF. pleiger to give security. See {Pledge}, n.] 1. To deposit, as a chattel, in pledge or pawn; to leave in possession of another as security; as, to pledge one's watch. [1913 Webster]

2. To give or pass as a security; to guarantee; to engage; to plight; as, to pledge one's word and honor. [1913 Webster]

We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor. --The Declaration of Independence. [1913 Webster]

3. To secure performance of, as by a pledge. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

To pledge my vow, I give my hand. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To bind or engage by promise or declaration; to engage solemnly; as, to pledge one's self. [1913 Webster]

5. To invite another to drink, by drinking of the cup first, and then handing it to him, as a pledge of good will; hence, to drink the health of; to toast. [1913 Webster]

Pledge me, my friend, and drink till thou be'st wise. --Cowley. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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