What does mortgage mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term mortgage:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mortgage(verb)

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

  2. mortgage(verb)

    put up as security or collateral


  1. mortgage(Noun)

    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. mortgage(Verb)

    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. Origin: From mortgage, mortgage, from mort gage, after mortuum vadium.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mortgage(noun)

    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. Mortgage(noun)

    state of being pledged; as, lands given in mortgage

  3. Mortgage(verb)

    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. Mortgage(verb)

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

  5. Origin: [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.

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

How to pronounce mortgage?

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How to say mortgage in sign language?

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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. Pastor Dent:

    This is the mortgage, we burned it in front of everybody.

  2. Laurie Essig:

    Expensive weddings are like a subprime mortgage crisis of the heart.

  3. Lisa Welch:

    With rates being lower, we think mortgage activity will be very strong.

  4. Gemma Allen:

    If you pay a portion of the mortgage, you get credit if you’re married.

  5. Tom Davison:

    A reverse mortgage could help (the daughter) pay her the wages she has given up.

Images & Illustrations of mortgage

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