- to pledge (property) to another as security without transferring possession or title
Origin of hypothecate; from 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 hypoth&emacron;care, hypoth&emacron;cat-, from Latin hypoth&emacron;ca, pledge, deposit, from Greek hupoth&emacron;k&emacron;, from hupotithenai, to give as a pledge, suppose; see hypothesis.
(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