from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To secure (a loan) through use of collateral.
  • transitive v. To pledge (property, for example) as collateral.

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  • v. To secure a loan by using collateral.
  • v. To pledge assets as collateral.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. pledge as a collateral


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  • Beard: Hundreds of years of central banking experience tells us that we really shouldn't be sharing loan data when it comes to short term collateralize liquidity.


  • Anyway, she and I were talking one evening about a project she was working on, and she used a variant of collateral in a sentence "collateralize".

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  • In the third quarter, the builder burned through $81 million in cash, leaving it with just $334.2 million, including $60.8 million in restricted cash supply that Hovnanian is required to keep on hand to collateralize letters of credit.

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  • Such transactions would allow banks to improve the quality of the assets on their balance sheets and potentially lower their need to raise fresh capital under new European rules, while also giving the banks a new asset they could collateralize and use to refinance at the ECB.

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  • U.S. Congressional foreign policy staffers have expressed to us concerns that by using long-term supply contracts like EGL's to collateralize billions of dollars in energy bonds, the regime could circumvent sanctions to finance its natural gas sector.

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  • Another EGL spokesman, Richard Rogers, declined to comment Wednesday on whether his company was concerned that its long-term contract with Iran could be used to collateralize Iranian energy bonds.

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  • Bondholders will require evidence that Iran can make payments on these bonds and one way for Iran to do this would be to sign a long-term supply contract, using this guaranteed revenue stream in hard currencies to collateralize the bonds.

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  • Under AIG's recent proposal to sell securities based on part of its portfolio, a subsidiary of its Chartis property-casualty unit would collateralize notes worth $900 million with 1,157 policies acquired since 2001.

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  • If a bank does a derivatives trade with another private-sector entity, the agreement will stipulate when the counterparty must make payments to collateralize the trade.

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  • True, governments have increasingly relied on land to collateralize LIC borrowing and on land sales revenues to service the loans.

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