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Donate and Pledge Definitions

Donate

To present as a gift to a fund or cause; contribute.

Pledge

A solemn binding promise to do, give, or refrain from doing something
Signed a pledge never to reveal the secret.
A pledge of money to a charity.

Donate

(Medicine) To provide (blood, tissue, or an organ) for transfusion, implantation, or transplant.

Pledge

Something given or held as security to guarantee payment of a debt or fulfillment of an obligation.

Donate

(Chemistry) To provide (an electron or atom, for example) for combination with an acceptor.
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Pledge

The condition of something thus given or held
Put an article in pledge.

Donate

To make a contribution to a fund or cause.

Pledge

Delivery of goods or personal property as security for a debt or obligation
A loan requiring a pledge of property.

Donate

(ambitransitive) To make a donation; to give away something of value to support or contribute towards a cause or for the benefit of another.
She donates 100 dollars to Red Cross every year.
He donated an etching from his own collection to the new art gallery.

Pledge

The contract or transaction stipulating or involving such delivery.
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Donate

To give; to bestow; to present; as, to donate fifty thousand dollars to a college.

Pledge

A token or sign
"fair pledges of a fruitful tree" (Robert Herrick).

Donate

Give to a charity or good cause;
I donated blood to the Red Cross for the victims of the earthquake
Donate money to the orphanage
She donates to her favorite charity every month

Pledge

A person who has been accepted for membership in a fraternity or similar organization and has promised to join but has not yet been initiated.

Pledge

A vow to abstain from alcoholic liquor
Ex-drinkers who have taken the pledge.

Pledge

(Archaic) The act of drinking in honor of someone; a toast.

Pledge

To offer or guarantee by a solemn binding promise
Pledge loyalty to a nation.
Pledge that the duties of the office will be fulfilled.

Pledge

To bind or secure by a pledge or promise
Pledged themselves to the cause.

Pledge

To deposit as security; pawn.

Pledge

To promise to join (a fraternity or similar organization).

Pledge

To accept as a prospective member of such an organization.

Pledge

(Archaic) To drink a toast to.

Pledge

To make a solemn binding promise; swear.

Pledge

(Archaic) To drink a toast.

Pledge

To make a solemn promise (to do something).
Pledge allegiance to the flag

Pledge

To deposit something as a security; to pawn.

Pledge

(transitive) To give assurance of friendship by the act of drinking; to drink to one's health.

Pledge

A solemn promise to do something.

Pledge

A promise to abstain from drinking alcohol.

Pledge

An asset or person temporarily handed over to guarantee the fulfilment of something promised, under threat of permanent loss of the thing handed over; surety, security, hostage.

Pledge

(law) A bailment of personal property to secure payment of a debt without transfer of title.

Pledge

The personal property so pledged, to be kept until the debt is paid.

Pledge

(college slang) A person who has taken a pledge of allegiance to a college fraternity, but is not yet formally approved.

Pledge

A drinking toast.

Pledge

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.

Pledge

A person who undertook, or became responsible, for another; a bail; a surety; a hostage.

Pledge

A hypothecation without transfer of possession.

Pledge

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.

Pledge

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.

Pledge

A sentiment to which assent is given by drinking one's health; a toast; a health.

Pledge

To deposit, as a chattel, in pledge or pawn; to leave in possession of another as security; as, to pledge one's watch.

Pledge

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.

Pledge

To secure performance of, as by a pledge.
To pledge my vow, I give my hand.

Pledge

To bind or engage by promise or declaration; to engage solemnly; as, to pledge one's self.

Pledge

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.

Pledge

A deposit of personal property as security for a debt;
His saxophone was in pledge

Pledge

Someone accepted for membership but not yet fully admitted to the group

Pledge

A drink in honor of or to the health of a person or event

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

Pledge

Promise solemnly and formally;
I pledge that will honor my wife

Pledge

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

Pledge

Propose a toast to;
Let us toast the birthday girl!
Let's drink to the New Year

Pledge

Give as a guarantee;
I pledge my honor

Pledge

Bind or secure by a pledge;
I was pledged to silence

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