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Pawn

To deliver Personal Property to another as a pledge or as security for a debt. A deposit of goods with a creditor as security for a sum of money borrowed.

In common usage, pawn signifies a pledge of goods, as distinguished from a pledge of intangible personal property, such as a contract right. In a more limited sense, it denotes a deposit of personal property with a pawnbroker as security for a loan. A pawned article is retained until the loan is repaid within a certain time. If it is not repaid on time, the pawnbroker may sell the item.

pawn

v. to pledge an item of personal property as security for a loan, with the property left with the pawn broker. The interest rates are on the high side, the amount of the loan is well below the value of the pledged property, and the broker has the right to sell the item without further notice if the loan is not paid. Pawn brokers are licensed by the state. (See: pledge)

pawn

see PLEDGE.

PAWN. A pledge. Vide Pledge.

References in classic literature ?
And now I find that you have forgotten all decency and all natural feeling, and actually pawned - pawned - your mother's watch.
A SPENDTHRIFT, seeing a single swallow, pawned his cloak, thinking that Summer was at hand.
As for mortgaging or pawning, it will little mend the matter: for either men will not take pawns without use; or if they do, they will look precisely for the forfeiture.