Hypothecate Definition

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To pledge (property) to another as security without transferring possession or title.
Webster's New World
To hypothesize.
American Heritage
Webster's New World
To grant a security interest in something as collateral for a debt.
Webster's New World Law

To pledge (something) as surety for a loan; to pawn, mortgage.


Origin of Hypothecate

  • 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

  • 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

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