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Verb: hypothecate  hI'pó-thu,keyt
  1. Pledge without delivery or title of possession
     
  2. To believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
    "Scientists hypothecated that large dinosaurs lived in swamps";
    - speculate, theorize, theorise [Brit], conjecture, hypothesize, hypothesise [Brit], suppose

Derived forms: hypothecates, hypothecating, hypothecated

Type of: anticipate, expect, pledge

Encyclopedia: Hypothecate