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Meaning of pawn

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. 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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