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English Dictionary: hypothecate by the DICT Development Group
2 results for hypothecate
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. pledge without delivery or title of possession
  2. to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds; "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"
    Synonym(s): speculate, theorize, theorise, conjecture, hypothesize, hypothesise, hypothecate, suppose
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Hypothecate \Hy*poth"e*cate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
      {Hypothecated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hypothecating}.] [LL.
      hypothecatus, p. p. of hypothecare to pledge, fr. L.
      hypotheca pledge, security. See {Hypotheca}.] (Law)
      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}.
               He had found the treasury empty and the pay of the navy
               in arrear. He had no power to hypothecate any part of
               the public revenue. Those who lent him money lent it on
               no security but his bare word.               --Macaulay.
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