hypothecate

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verb (1)

hy·​poth·​e·​cate hi-ˈpä-thə-ˌkāt How to pronounce hypothecate (audio)
hī-
hypothecated; hypothecating

transitive verb

: to pledge as security without delivery of title or possession
hypothecation noun
hypothecator noun

hypothecate

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verb (2)

hy·​poth·​e·​cate hī-ˈpä-thə-ˌkāt How to pronounce hypothecate (audio)
hypothecated; hypothecating

Examples of hypothecate in a Sentence

Verb (2) even before a single vote had been cast, media pundits were hypothecating that the former senator would be the party's nominee

Word History

Etymology

Verb (1)

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

Verb (2)

Greek hypothēkē suggestion, from hypotithenai

First Known Use

Verb (1)

1681, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypothecate was in 1681

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Cite this Entry

“Hypothecate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypothecate. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

hypothecate

transitive verb
hy·​poth·​e·​cate hi-ˈpä-thə-ˌkāt, hī- How to pronounce hypothecate (audio)
hypothecated; hypothecating
: to pledge as security without delivery of title or possession compare pawn
hypothecation noun
Etymology

Transitive verb

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

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