2. [syn: speculate, theorize, theorise, conjecture, hypothesize, hypothesise, hypothecate, suppose]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 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"
[syn: speculate, theorize, theorise, conjecture,
hypothesize, hypothesise, hypothecate, suppose]