What does mortgage mean?

Definitions for mortgage
ˈmɔr gɪdʒmort·gage

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mortgageverb

    a conditional conveyance of property as security for the repayment of a loan

  2. mortgageverb

    put up as security or collateral


  1. mortgagenoun

    A special form of secured loan where the purpose of the loan must be specified to the lender, to purchase assets that must be fixed (not movable) property such as a house or piece of farm land. The assets are registered as the legal property of the borrower but the lender can seize them and dispose of them if they are not satisfied with the manner in which the repayment of the loan is conducted by the borrower. Once the loan is fully repaid, the lender loses this right of seizure and the assets are then deemed to be unencumbered.

    We're renting a property in the city centre because we can't afford to get a mortgage yet.

  2. mortgageverb

    As in "to mortgage a property", to borrow against a property, to obtain a loan for another purpose by giving away the right of seizure to the lender over a fixed property such as a house or piece of land.

  3. Etymology: From mortgage, mortgage, from mort gage, after mortuum vadium.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mortgagenoun

    Etymology: mort and gage, French.

    Th’ estate runs out, and mortgages are made,
    Their fortune ruin’d, and their fame betray’d. Dryden.

    The Romans do not seem to have known the secret of paper credit, and securities upon mortgages. Arbuthnot.

    The broker,
    Bent on some mortgage, to avoid reproach,
    He seeks bye-streets, and saves th’ expensive coach. John Gay.

    The land is given in mortgage only, with full intention to be redeemed within one year. Francis Bacon, Office of Alienation.

  2. To Mortgageverb

    To pledge; to put to pledge; to make over to a creditor as a security.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Let men contrive how they disentangle their mortgaged souls. Decay of Piety.

    They make the widows mortgag’d ox their prey. George Sandys.

    Their not abating of their expensive way of living, has forced them to mortgage their best manors. Arbuthnot.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mortgagenoun

    a conveyance of property, upon condition, as security for the payment of a debt or the preformance of a duty, and to become void upon payment or performance according to the stipulated terms; also, the written instrument by which the conveyance is made

  2. Mortgagenoun

    state of being pledged; as, lands given in mortgage

  3. Mortgageverb

    to grant or convey, as property, for the security of a debt, or other engagement, upon a condition that if the debt or engagement shall be discharged according to the contract, the conveyance shall be void, otherwise to become absolute, subject, however, to the right of redemption

  4. Mortgageverb

    hence: To pledge, either literally or figuratively; to make subject to a claim or obligation

  5. Etymology: [F. mort-gage; mort dead (L. mortuus) + gage pledge. See Mortal, and Gage.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mortgage

    mor′gāj, n. a conditional conveyance of or lien upon land or other property as security for the performance of some condition, as the payment of money, becoming void on the performance of the condition: the act of conveying, or the deed effecting it.—v.t. to pledge as security for a debt.—ns. Mortgagee′, one to whom a mortgage is made or given; Mort′gager. [O. Fr., mort, dead, gage, a pledge.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Mortgage

    a deed conveying property to a creditor as security for the payment of a debt, the person to whom it is given being called the Mortgagee.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    From Fr. _mort_, death, and Eng. _gag_, to choke. A lawyer's invention for choking property to death.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. mortgage

    A registered ship, or share therein, which has been made a security for a money-loan, or other valuable consideration, is termed a mortgage in the Merchant Shipping Act.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mortgage' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3696

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mortgage' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1753

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mortgage' in Nouns Frequency: #1265

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mortgage in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mortgage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of mortgage in a Sentence

  1. Solomon Greene:

    Most renters don't know what kind of mortgage their landlord has.

  2. Danielle DiMartino Booth:

    Ultra-low mortgage rates have helped feed a frenzy in housing.

  3. Sam Khater:

    Economic uncertainty is causing mortgage rate volatility, as a result, purchase demand is waning, and homebuilder sentiment has dropped to the lowest level in nearly two years. Builders are also dealing with rising costs, meaning this posture is likely to continue.

  4. Robert Frick:

    Sales of new homes continue to crumple under the weight of high prices and higher mortgage rates.

  5. Freddie Mac:

    Mortgage rates resumed their climb this week as the 30-year fixed reached its highest point since 2009, while housing affordability and inflationary pressures pose challenges for potential buyers, house price growth will continue but is expected to decelerate in the coming months.

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