transitive verb-·cat·ed, -·cat·ing
- to pledge (property) to another as security without transferring possession or title
Origin of hypothecatefrom Medieval Latin hypothecatus, past participle of hypothecare, to hypothecate from Late Latin hypotheca: see hypothec
transitive verbhy·poth·e·cat·ed, hy·poth·e·cat·ing, hy·poth·e·cates
- To pledge (property) as security or collateral without delivery of title or possession.
- Usage Problem To hypothesize.
Origin of hypothecateMedieval Latin hypothēcāre hypothēcāt- from Latin hypothēca pledge, deposit from Greek hupothēkē from hupotithenai to give as a pledge, suppose ; see hypothesis .
Usage Note: When used to mean “to formulate a hypothesis,” hypothecate garners almost no acceptance from the Usage Panel. In our 2009 survey, 90 percent rejected it in the sentence One man hypothecated that the students were joyless because they were no longer curious.
(third-person singular simple present hypothecates, present participle hypothecating, simple past and past participle hypothecated)
- Often wrongly used in place of the word hypothesize.
From Latin hypothecatus, past participle of hypotheco, hypothecare. This was in turn derived from Ancient Greek ὑποθήκη (hupothēkē, “pledge”), from the verb ὑποτίθημι (hupotithēmi, “to pledge as surety”).
hypothecate - Legal Definition