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[hahy-poth-i-keyt, hi-]
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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.
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Origin of hypothecate1

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-]
verb (used with or without object), hy·poth·e·cat·ed, hy·poth·e·cat·ing.
  1. hypothesize.
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Origin of hypothecate2

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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Historical Examples

  • He had no power to hypothecate any part of the public revenue.

    The History of England from the Accession of James II.

    Thomas Babington Macaulay

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for hypothecate


  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 purposeSee also bottomry
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Derived Formshypothecation, nounhypothecator, noun

Word Origin

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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