Hypothecate meaning

hī-pŏthĭ-kāt
To grant a security interest in something as collateral for a debt.
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To pledge (property) as security or collateral without delivery of title or possession.
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(usage problem) To hypothesize.
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To pledge (property) to another as security without transferring possession or title.
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To pledge (something) as surety for a loan; to pawn, mortgage.
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(politics, UK) To designate a new tax or tax increase for a specific expenditure.
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Origin of hypothecate

  • Medieval Latin hypothēcāre hypothēcāt- from Latin hypothēca pledge, deposit from Greek hupothēkē from hupotithenai to give as a pledge, suppose hypothesis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary