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[hahy-poth-i-keyt, hi-] /haɪˈpɒθ ɪˌkeɪt, hɪ-/
verb (used with object), hypothecated, hypothecating.
to pledge to a creditor as security without delivering over; mortgage.
to put in pledge by delivery, as stocks given as security for a loan.
Origin of hypothecate1
1675-85; < Medieval Latin hypothēcātus, past participle of hypothēcāre. See hypothec, -ate1
Related forms
hypothecation, noun
hypothecator, noun


[hahy-poth-i-keyt, hi-] /haɪˈpɒθ ɪˌkeɪt, hɪ-/
verb (used with or without object), hypothecated, hypothecating.
1905-10; < Greek hypothḗk(ē) suggestion, counsel (akin to hypotithénai to assume, suppose) + -ate1
Related forms
hypothecater, noun Unabridged
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  • She would get Carmen to hypothecate her own interest in this new company, if necessary.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • He had no power to hypothecate any part of the public revenue.

  • He will not repudiate a promise to pay while he has money in bank or securities to hypothecate.

    The Pride of Palomar Peter B. Kyne
  • These bonds they dispose of or hypothecate to obtain loans on.

    Disputed Handwriting Jerome B. Lavay
  • And then he pledged himself to hypothecate his entire fortune to the rescue of his worthless nephew.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • Therefore they had drawn lots to determine which should hypothecate his overcoat in order to raise funds.

  • The lyrics were in the true Indian language, which made it very difficult for any of the cribbers of the time to hypothecate it.

    Nat Goodwin's Book Nat C. Goodwin
  • It was impossible to hypothecate mining securities of any description in Nevada or San Francisco.

    My Adventures with Your Money George Graham Rice
  • For it must be clearly understood that Paul is not asking us to fancy, or imagine, or hypothecate.

  • That is, he proposed to hypothecate the vectigalia from the new provinces formed by Pompey in the East for five years.

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1 Marcus Tullius Cicero
British Dictionary definitions for hypothecate


(transitive) (law) to pledge (personal property or a ship) as security for a debt without transferring possession or title
to allocate the revenue raised by a tax for a specified purpose See also bottomry
Derived Forms
hypothecation, noun
hypothecator, noun
Word Origin
C17: hypothēcātus, past participle of hypothēcāre; see hypothec, -ate1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hypothecate

1680s, from hypothecat-, past participle stem of Medieval Latin hypothecare, from Late Latin hypotheca, from Greek hypotheke "a deposit, pledge, mortgage," from hypo- "down" + tithenai "to put, place" (see theme). Related: Hypothecated; hypothecating; hypothecation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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