pledge[ plej ]SEE DEFINITION OF pledge
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Our pledge was not merely to do a patchwork job with secondhand materials.
Our pledge to these principles is constant, because we believe in their rightness.
To that effort I pledge all my strength and every power of my office.
Come, my daughter, shake hands with this gentleman, and pledge him your troth.
To pledge herself to him as wife was impossible; she could not do it; she would not.
She lifted her hand to her lips and kissed the ring, Siegfried's pledge of love.
The success no man can ensure; but for the fighting them, if they can be got at, I pledge myself.
Did he not pledge his word, before you all, to give me what I asked?
Let's all pledge ourselves to send in to the Salon—or anyway to the Indpendants!
I'll pledge you my word he'll never approach her, whatever she's done.
mid-14c., "surety, bail," from Old French plege (Modern French pleige) "hostage, security, bail," probably from Frankish *plegan "to guarantee," from *pleg-, a West Germanic root meaning "have responsibility for" (cf. Old Saxon plegan "vouch for," Middle Dutch plien "to answer for, guarantee," Old High German pflegan "to care for, be accustomed to," Old English pleon "to risk the loss of, expose to danger;" see plight (v.)).
Meaning "allegiance vow attested by drinking with another" is from 1630s. Sense of "solemn promise" first recorded 1814, though this notion is from 16c. in the verb. Weekley notes the "curious contradiction" in pledge (v.) "to toast with a drink" (1540s) and pledge (n.) "the vow to abstain from drinking" (1833). Meaning "student who has agreed to join a fraternity or sorority" dates from 1901.