[ mawr-gij ]
/ ˈmɔr gɪdʒ /
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verb (used with object), mort·gaged, mort·gag·ing.
to convey or place (real property) under a mortgage.
to place under advance obligation; to pledge, usually taking on some risk: to mortgage one's life to the defense of democracy.
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Origin of mortgage

First recorded in 1350–1400; earlier morgage,Middle English, from Old French mortgage, equivalent to mort “dead” (from Latin mortuus ) + gage “pledge”; see gage1


o·ver·mort·gage, verb, o·ver·mort·gaged, o·ver·mort·gag·ing.re·mort·gage, verb (used with object), re·mort·gaged, re·mort·gag·ing.sub·mort·gage, nounun·mort·gage, verb (used with object), un·mort·gaged, un·mort·gag·ing.
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How to use mortgage in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for mortgage

/ (ˈmɔːɡɪdʒ) /

an agreement under which a person borrows money to buy property, esp a house, and the lender may take possession of the property if the borrower fails to repay the money
the deed effecting such an agreement
the loan obtained under such an agreementa mortgage of £48 000
a regular payment of money borrowed under such an agreementa mortgage of £247 per month
verb (tr)
to pledge (a house or other property) as security for the repayment of a loan
of or relating to a mortgagea mortgage payment

Derived forms of mortgage

mortgageable, adjective

Word Origin for mortgage

C14: from Old French, literally: dead pledge, from mort dead + gage security, gage 1
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Cultural definitions for mortgage

[ (mawr-gij) ]

A legal agreement that creates an interest in real estate between a borrower and a lender. Commonly used to purchase homes, mortgages specify the terms by which the purchaser borrows from the lender (usually a bank or a savings and loan association), using his or her title to the house as security for the unpaid balance of the loan.

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