"pledges" in the noun sense
a deposit of personal property as security for a debt
"his saxophone was in pledge"
someone accepted for membership but not yet fully admitted to the group
3. pledge, toast
a drink in honor of or to the health of a person or event
4. assurance, pledge
a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something
"an assurance of help when needed"
"signed a pledge never to reveal the secret"
"pledges" in the verb sense
1. pledge, plight
promise solemnly and formally
"I pledge that I will honor my wife"
2. pledge, subscribe
pay (an amount of money) as a contribution to a charity or service, especially at regular intervals
"I pledged $10 a month to my favorite radio station"
3. toast, drink, pledge, salute, wassail
propose a toast to
"Let us toast the birthday girl!"
"Let's drink to the New Year"
give as a guarantee
"I pledge my honor"
bind or secure by a pledge
"I was pledged to silence"
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