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Definition: to pledge, to pawn

Pronunciation: im-PIG-no-reit


Impignorate is a verb stemming from the Middle Latin impignoratus meaning to pledge.

Why this word?

There is really very little that can be said about the need to pawn, I can only hope not to be in this need… Impignorate however, is interesting as it represents both sides to the same coin- impignorate is both to pledge or to pawn, but also to receive in pawn, like pawnbrokers and pawnshops do. This alternation, to me, represents one fact we should not ever forget- life is dynamic- one day you’re down and in need of help and on the next one you are suddenly a help for others. If you’re asking me, it’s a great reason to always be fair.

How to use the word impignorate in a sentence?

Impignorating is selling (or buying) for a limited amount of time, in exchange for money.

“I impignorated my bicycle to my landlord until I’d be able to make rent”

“She will impignorate anything she can to support her disastrous addiction”

On the other side of this coin you can say “honey, look at this beautiful necklace I impignorated today- if she’s not back for it in a month- it will be yours!”


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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