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verb pledge pronunciation in American English /pledʒ/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepledging
past tensepledged
past participlepledged
  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.

  2. 3
    [transitive] to give something valuable to someone as a way of promising that you will pay them money later

    His home is pledged as security against the loans.

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