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hypothecate (high PAHTH uh kayt") (verb), hypothecates; hypothecated; hypothecating
1. To pledge property or goods as security for a debt without surrendering ownership: Mr. and Mrs. Smith hypothecated their house to the bank for a loan because they needed to buy a car and did not have enough money to pay for it.
2. Etymology: from Latin hypothecare "to deposit" ; from Greek hupotithenai, "to put under, to deposit as a pledge"; from hypo-, "under" + tithenai, " to place".
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