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Meaning of hypothecate

hy•poth•e•cate

Pronunciation: (hī-poth'i-kāt", hi-), [key]
— -cat•ed, -cat•ing.
  1. to pledge to a creditor as security without delivering over; mortgage.
  2. to put in pledge by delivery, as stocks given as security for a loan.

hy•poth•e•cate

Pronunciation: (hī-poth'i-kāt", hi-), [key]
— -cat•ed, -cat•ing.
  1. hypothesize.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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