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pignĕro , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. pignus, give as a pledge, to pledge, pawn, mortgage.
I. Lit.: “unionem,Suet. Vit. 7: bona tantum, quae publicari poterant, pigneranda poenae praebebant, furnished as security for the penalty, i. e. left to be confiscated, Liv. 29, 36: “cujus et alveolos et laenam pignerat Atreus,which the poet Rubrenus, while he was writing the Atreus, was compelled by necessity to pawn, Juv. 7, 73: “ancilla pignerata,Dig. 40, 5, 46: “vestimenta pignorata,Vulg. Amos, 2, 8.—
II. Trop.
A. To pledge one's life, etc.: “velut obsidibus datis pigneratos habere animos,Liv. 24, 1.—
B. To bind a person or thing to one's self, to make one's own: “pignerare aliquem sibi beneficio,App. M. 3, p. 134, 32: optimates viros curiae suae, Naz. Pan. ad Const. 35.—With se, to pledge one's self: “se cenae alicujus,to promise to dine with one, App. M. 3, p. 139, 4; 11, p. 269, 25.
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