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      vb   tr  
1    to deposit (an article) as security for the repayment of a loan, esp. from a pawnbroker  
2    to stake  
to pawn one's honour     
      n  
3    an article deposited as security  
4    the condition of being so deposited (esp. in the phrase in pawn)  
5    a person or thing that is held as a security, esp. a hostage  
6    the act of pawning  
     (C15: from Old French pan security, from Latin pannus cloth, apparently because clothing was often left as a surety; compare Middle Flemish paen pawn, German Pfand pledge)  
  pawnage      n  
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