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}. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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