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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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Examples from the Web for hypothecate
Historical Examples
  • He had no power to hypothecate any part of the public revenue.

  • She would get Carmen to hypothecate her own interest in this new company, if necessary.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • These bonds they dispose of or hypothecate to obtain loans on.

    Disputed Handwriting

    Jerome B. Lavay
  • Therefore they had drawn lots to determine which should hypothecate his overcoat in order to raise funds.

  • 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
  • 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
  • In like case I might hypothecate, "To go light, discard all but the really necessary articles."

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • And then he pledged himself to hypothecate his entire fortune to the rescue of his worthless nephew.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
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
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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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