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1. security or pledge given to enemies, &c., for the fulfilment of an undertaking Tit. IV. iv. 104, Cym. IV. ii. 185; a person thus given and held in pledge Cor. I. x. 29.
2. (in a gen. sense) pledge, security Troil. III. ii. 114 “You know now your h-s; your uncle's word, and my firm faith.”
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