hypothecate(redirected from hypothecating)
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tr.v. hy·poth·e·cat·ed, hy·poth·e·cat·ing, hy·poth·e·cates
1. To pledge (property) as security or collateral without delivery of title or possession.
2. Usage Problem To hypothesize.
[Medieval Latin hypothēcāre, hypothēcāt-, from Latin hypothēca, pledge, deposit, from Greek hupothēkē, from hupotithenai, to give as a pledge, suppose; see hypothesis.]
Usage Note: When used to mean "to formulate a hypothesis," hypothecate garners almost no acceptance from the Usage Panel. In our 2009 survey, 90 percent rejected it in the sentence One man hypothecated that the students were joyless because they were no longer curious.
1. (Law) (tr) law to pledge (personal property or a ship) as security for a debt without transferring possession or title
2. (Economics) to allocate the revenue raised by a tax for a specified purpose. See also bottomry
[C17: hypothēcātus, past participle of hypothēcāre; see hypothec, -ate1]
v.t. -cat•ed, -cat•ing.
to pledge to a creditor as security without delivering, as property.
[1675–85; < Medieval Latin hypothēcātus, past participle of hypothēcāre, v. derivative of hypotheca pledge, mortgage < Greek hypothḗkē, derivative of hypotithénai to deposit as pledge; see hypo-, theca]
v.i., v.t. -cat•ed, -cat•ing.
Past participle: hypothecated
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|Verb||1.||hypothecate - pledge without delivery or title of possession|
pledge - give as a guarantee; "I pledge my honor"
|2.||hypothecate - to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds; "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"|
anticipate, expect - regard something as probable or likely; "The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow"