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1a solemn promise or undertaking: [with infinitive]:the conference ended with a joint pledge to limit pollution a promise of a donation to charity:the company’s pledge of 10% of profits to environmental concerns
) a solemn undertaking to abstain from alcohol:she persuaded Arthur to take the pledge
2 Law a thing that is given as security for the fulfillment of a contract or the payment of a debt and is liable to forfeiture in the event of failure. a thing given as a token of love, favor, or loyalty. 3a person who has promised to join a fraternity or sorority. 4 archaic the drinking to a person’s health; a toast.
1 [with object] commit (a person or organization) by a solemn promise: [with object and infinitive]:the government pledged itself to deal with environmental problems [with clause] formally declare or promise that something is or will be the case:the president pledged that 20,000 government buildings would have solar roofs [no object] solemnly undertake to do something:they pledged to continue the campaign for funding undertake formally to give:Japan pledged $100 million in humanitarian aid to pledge allegiance 2 [with object] Law give as security on a loan:the creditor to whom the land is pledged 3 [with object] promise to join (a fraternity or sorority):Francie and I pledged the same sorority 4 [with object] archaic drink to the health of.