Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

hypothecate

play
verb hy·poth·e·cate \hi-ˈpä-thə-ˌkāt, hī-\

Definition of hypothecate

hypothecated

hypothecating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to pledge as security without delivery of title or possession

hypothecation

play \-ˌpä-thə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

hypothecator

play \-ˈpä-thə-ˌkā-tər\ noun


Origin and Etymology of hypothecate

Medieval Latin hypothecare to pledge, from Late Latin hypotheca pledge, from Greek hypothēkē, from hypotithenai to put under, deposit as a pledge


First Known Use: 1681


2

hypothecate

play
verb hy·poth·e·cate \hī-ˈpä-thə-ˌkāt\

Definition of hypothecate

hypothecated

hypothecating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  hypothesize



Origin and Etymology of hypothecate

Greek hypothēkē suggestion, from hypotithenai


First Known Use: 1906


Law Dictionary

hypothecate

play play
transitive verb hy·poth·e·cate \hi-ˈpä-thə-ˌkāt, hī-\

Legal Definition of hypothecate

hypothecated

hypothecating

  1. :  to pledge as security without delivery of title or possession — compare pawn

hypothecation

\-ˌpä-thə-ˈkā-shən\ play noun


Origin and Etymology of hypothecate

Medieval Latin hypothecare to pledge, from Late Latin hypotheca pledge, from Greek hypothēkē, from hypotithenai to put under, deposit as pledge


Learn More about hypothecate


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up hypothecate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a very small amount

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alphabet-pasta-spelling-help

Which is the correct spelling?

accomodate accommodate acommadate acommodate
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ