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pledge

(plej) a solemn statement of intention.
Nightingale pledge  a statement of principles for the nursing profession, formulated by a committee in 1893 and subscribed to by student nurses at the time of the capping ceremonies.
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Van Brandt, the portrait offered the best of all means of communicating with Miss Dunross, without absolutely violating the engagement to which her father had pledged me.
We are both pledged never to divulge to any living creature what our eyes alone have seen.
Of the first 500+ companies that have joined the movement, 59 percent pledged a percentage of equity, 54 percent pledged a percentage of employee time, 39 percent pledged a percentage of product and 18 percent pledged a percentage of profit.
KUWAIT, March 30 (KUNA) -- Kuwait and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have pledged over USD half billion in aid for the Syrian people, during a meeting of NGOs in Kuwait on Monday.
For instance, he says, of the already present foreign investors, Johnson Controls--Skopje pledged 500 jobs of which they have already created 325, Johnson Controls--Stip pledged 1,500 and have so far created 768 jobs, Johnson Matthey pledged 650 and created 448, Kemet Electronics pledged 500 and created 177, Protek pledged 130 and created 50, TeknoHose pledged 170 and created 32, Van Hool pledged 500 and created 250, Kormberg & Schubert pledged 3,000 and created 792, Draxlmaier pledged 4,000 and created 1,048, Alliance One pledged 150 and created 138, Kumal in Stip announced 50, Coficab in Kavadarci announced 150, and Marquardt in Veles announced 500.
Till date, at least 93 billionaires have pledged to give away at least 50 percent of their wealth to charity during their lifetimes or upon their deaths.
The final regulations provide that a disregarded entity's net value equals the fair market value (FMV) of all its assets that may be subject to creditors' claims under local law, including enforceable rights to contributions from its owner, but excluding its interest in the partnership for which the net value is being determined (if any) and the FMV of property pledged to secure a partnership liability (already taken into account under Regs.
0); they were more than doubled among respondents who reported in Wave 1 having pledged to remain abstinent until married (2.
As additional collateral, Maloof pledged all his shares of Level Propane and a $1 million life insurance policy.
In this large, long-term study, adolescents who consistently' pledged virginity (about 7% of the 11,000, or 777 individuals) did have more behaviors that would be expected to be protective--fewer partners, fewer risky partners, and delayed age of first sexual experience, with 25% of men and 21% of women being virgins at age 25 (compared to 7% and 6% for non-pledgers).
IBM has pledged open access to key innovations covered by 500 IBM software patents to individuals and groups working on open source software.
They pledged to publicly fight against San Fernando Valley secession - regardless of what the secession study shows - while guaranteeing to protect labor interests by never privatizing any city jobs.