[ hahy-poth-i-keyt ]
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verb (used with object),hy·poth·e·cat·ed, hy·poth·e·cat·ing.
  1. to pledge to a creditor as security without delivering over; mortgage.

  2. to put in pledge by delivery, as stocks given as security for a loan.

Origin of hypothecate

1675–85; <Medieval Latin hypothēcātus, past participle of hypothēcāre.See hypothec, -ate1

Other words from hypothecate

  • hy·poth·e·ca·tion [hahy-poth-i-key-shuhn], /haɪˌpɒθ ɪˈkeɪ ʃən/, noun
  • hy·poth·e·ca·tor, noun

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Other definitions for hypothecate (2 of 2)

[ hahy-poth-i-keyt, hi- ]

verb (used with or without object),hy·poth·e·cat·ed, hy·poth·e·cat·ing.
  1. an uncommon variant of hypothesize.

Origin of hypothecate

First recorded in 1905–10; from Greek hypothḗk(ē) “suggestion, counsel” (from hypotithénai “to assume, suppose”; see hypo-, thesis ) + -ate1

Other words from hypothecate

  • hy·poth·e·cat·er, noun

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How to use hypothecate in a sentence

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

    Carmen Ariza | Charles Francis Stocking
  • 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
  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for hypothecate


/ (haɪˈpɒθɪˌkeɪt) /

  1. (tr) law to pledge (personal property or a ship) as security for a debt without transferring possession or title

  2. to allocate the revenue raised by a tax for a specified purpose: See also bottomry

Origin of hypothecate

C17: hypothēcātus, past participle of hypothēcāre; see hypothec, -ate 1

Derived forms of hypothecate

  • hypothecation, noun
  • hypothecator, noun

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