[ hahy-poth-i-keyt, hi- ]
/ haɪˈpɒθ ɪˌkeɪt, hɪ- /

verb (used with object), hy·poth·e·cat·ed, hy·poth·e·cat·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. hypothalamus,
  2. hypothallus,
  3. hypothec,
  4. hypotheca,
  5. hypothecary,
  6. hypothecium,
  7. hypothenar,
  8. hypothenuse,
  9. hypothermal,
  10. hypothermia

Origin of hypothecate

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

Related formshy·poth·e·ca·tion, nounhy·poth·e·ca·tor, noun


[ hahy-poth-i-keyt, hi- ]
/ haɪˈpɒθ ɪˌkeɪt, hɪ- /

verb (used with or without object), hy·poth·e·cat·ed, hy·poth·e·cat·ing.

Origin of hypothecate

1905–10; < Greek hypothḗk(ē) suggestion, counsel (akin to hypotithénai to assume, suppose) + -ate1

Related formshy·poth·e·cat·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for hypothecate


/ (haɪˈpɒθɪˌkeɪt) /


(tr) 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 purposeSee also bottomry
Derived Formshypothecation, nounhypothecator, noun

Word Origin for hypothecate

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

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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.

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