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Definition of pledge:

  1. A hypothecation without transfer of possession.
  2. A person who undertook, or became responsible, for another; a bail; a surety; a hostage.
  3. A promise or agreement by which one binds one's self to do, or to refrain from doing, something; especially, a solemn promise in writing to refrain from using intoxicating liquors or the like; as, to sign the pledge; the mayor had made no pledges.
  4. A sentiment to which assent is given by drinking one's health; a toast; a health.
  5. Anything given or considered as a security for the performance of an act; a guarantee; as, mutual interest is the best pledge for the performance of treaties.
  6. The transfer of possession of personal property from a debtor to a creditor as security for a debt or engagement; also, the contract created between the debtor and creditor by a thing being so delivered or deposited, forming a species of bailment; also, that which is so delivered or deposited; something put in pawn.
  7. To bind or engage by promise or declaration; to engage solemnly; as, to pledge one's self.
  8. To deposit, as a chattel, in pledge or pawn; to leave in possession of another as security; as, to pledge one's watch.
  9. To give or pass as a security; to guarantee; to engage; to plight; as, to pledge one's word and honor.
  10. 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.
  11. To secure performance of, as by a pledge.

Synonyms:

make whoopie, assurance, wassail, take, betroth, toast, sureness, drink in, authority, fuddle, drink, solemn word, remember, cartel, self-confidence, word of honor, imbibe, jollify, salute, goner, plight, engage, revel, sign, earnest, make merry, subscribe to, make happy, crisp, bargain, desire, subscribe, pawn, racket, affiance, booze, whoop it up, confidence, crispen, self-assurance, guaranty, tope.

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