hypothecate

verb (1)
hy·​poth·​e·​cate | \ hi-ˈpä-thə-ˌkāt How to pronounce hypothecate (audio) , hī- \
hypothecated; hypothecating

Definition of hypothecate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to pledge as security without delivery of title or possession

hypothecate

verb (2)
hy·​poth·​e·​cate | \ hī-ˈpä-thə-ˌkāt How to pronounce hypothecate (audio) \
hypothecated; hypothecating

Definition of hypothecate (Entry 2 of 2)

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Verb (1)

hypothecation \ hi-​ˌpä-​thə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce hypothecate (audio) , hī-​ \ noun
hypothecator \ hi-​ˈpä-​thə-​ˌkā-​tər How to pronounce hypothecate (audio) , hī-​ \ noun

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Synonyms: Verb (2)

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First Known Use of hypothecate

Verb (1)

1681, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hypothecate

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

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“Hypothecate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypothecate. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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hypothecate

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

Legal Definition of hypothecate

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

Other Words from hypothecate

hypothecation \ -​ˌpä-​thə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce hypothecate (audio) \ noun

History and Etymology for hypothecate

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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