Pledge, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pledged p. pr. & vb. n. Pledging.]
1. To deposit, as a chattel, in pledge or pawn; to leave in possession of another as security; as, to pledge one's watch.
2. To give or pass as a security; to guarantee; to engage; to plight; as, to pledge one's word and honor.
We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor. --The Declaration of Independence.
3. To secure performance of, as by a pledge. [Obs.]
To pledge my vow, I give my hand. --Shak.
4. To bind or engage by promise or declaration; to engage solemnly; as, to pledge one's self.
5. 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.
Pledge me, my friend, and drink till thou be'st wise. --Cowley.
adj 1: bound by or as if by an oath; "according to an early
tradition became his sworn brother"; "sworn enemies"
2: pledged to be married; "the engaged couple" [syn: affianced,
bespoken, betrothed, engaged]