Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

pledge - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb pledge pronunciation in American English /pledʒ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepledging
past tensepledged
past participlepledged
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    [transitive] mainly journalism to promise seriously and publicly to do something
    pledge support: Britain, France, and Germany were among the countries pledging their support.
    pledge to do something: He has pledged to fight for a fairer system.
    pledge someone/yourself to do something: They have pledged themselves to root out state corruption.
    pledge that: The President has pledged that improving the economy will be his top priority.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to promise a certain amount of money for a particular purpose
      The international community pledged $500 million for economic reconstruction.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog