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

  • transitive v. To pledge (property) as security or collateral for a debt without transfer of title or possession.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To pledge (something) as surety for a loan; to pawn, mortgage.
  • v. To designate a new tax or tax increase for a specific expenditure

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To subject, as property, to liability for a debt or engagement without delivery of possession or transfer of title; to pledge without delivery of possession; to mortgage, as ships, or other personal property; to make a contract by bottomry. See hypothecation, bottomry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pledge to a creditor in security for some debt or demand, but without giving the creditor corporeal control; mortgage, leaving the owner in possession.
  • To put in pledge by delivery, as stocks or effects of any kind, as security for a debt or other obligation.

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

  • v. to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
  • v. pledge without delivery or title of possession


Medieval Latin hypothēcāre, hypothēcāt-, from Latin hypothēca, pledge, deposit, from Greek hupothēkē, from hupotithenai, to give as a pledge, suppose; see hypothesis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin hypothecatus, past participle of hypothecare. This was in turn derived from Ancient Greek ὑποθήκη (hupothēkē, "a pledge"), from the verb ὑποτίθημι (hupotithēmi, "to pledge as surety"). (Wiktionary)



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