pledge


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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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To our sister republics south of our border: we offer a special pledge.
our last best hope in an age where the instruments of war have far outpaced the instruments of peace, we renew our pledge of support.
Could my weak warrant add security to the inestimable pledge of this holy pilgrim, I would pledge name and fame that Ivanhoe gives this proud knight the meeting he desires.
Lady,'' said Cedric, ``this beseems not; were further pledge necessary, I myself, offended, and justly offended, as I am, would yet gage my honour for the honour of Ivanhoe.
The old woman glanced for a moment at the pledge, but at once stared in the eyes of her uninvited visitor.
But-- the thought passed through her mind more than once, though she could not believe in it--might he not mean to demand something more from her than she had been able to imagine, since he wanted her pledge to carry out his wishes without telling her exactly what they were?
So much the more weight shall I attach to the pledge I require from you, when it is unreservedly given.
solemnly pledges herself to send back the complete series of her Extracts to Mr.
Though her countenance did not denote much natural sweetness of temper, yet this was, perhaps, somewhat soured by a circumstance which generally poisons matrimonial felicity; for children are rightly called the pledges of love; and her husband, though they had been married nine years, had given her no such pledges; a default for which he had no excuse, either from age or health, being not yet thirty years old, and what they call a jolly brisk young man.
You were always very careful of your pledges, but there are limits even to your caution - as to my forbearance.
Else all pledges might be broken, when there was no outward penalty.
Yet it were great reason that those that have children, should have greatest care of future times; unto which they know they must transmit their dearest pledges.