Definition for PAWN

PAWN, v.t. [D. panden; Sp. empeƱar; Port. empenhar; It. impegnare; L. pignero.]

  1. To gave or deposit in pledge, or as security for the payment of money borrowed; to pledge; as, she pawned the last piece of plate.
  2. To pledge for the fulfillment of a promise; as, to pawn one's word or honor that an agreement shall be fulfilled.

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