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pawn



Pronunciation: (pôn), [key]
v.t.
1. to deposit as security, as for money borrowed, esp. with a pawnbroker: He raised the money by pawning his watch.
2. to pledge; stake; risk: to pawn one's life.

n.
1. the state of being deposited or held as security, esp. with or by a pawnbroker: jewels in pawn.
2. something given or deposited as security, as for money borrowed.
3. a person serving as security; hostage.
4. the act of pawning.

pawn



Pronunciation: (pôn), [key]
n.
1. Chess.one of eight men of one color and of the lowest value, usually moved one square at a time vertically and capturing diagonally.
2. someone who is used or manipulated to further another person's purposes.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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