hypothecate hye-PAH-thuh-kayt (verb) : hypothesize

Example sentence: The user hypothecated the computer didn’t turn on because it wasn’t plugged in to the electrical outlet.

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The meaning of “Hypothecate” is not without controversy. It has mainly been used in scientific and linguistic sources. “Hypothecate” is a homograph and is derived from the Greek “hypotithenai” (“to put under, suppose, deposit as a pledge”). Using “hypothecate” instead of “hypothesize” is a legitimate (albeit uncommon) usage word in its own right, not a misuse of its homograph. If you want to avoid the controversy altogether, however, you can stick with the more common “hypothesize.”

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(of a person’s hair, clothes, or appearance) untidy; disordered : a man with long, disheveled hair. DERIVATIVES dishevel |-? sh ev?l| verb dishevelment noun

ORIGIN late Middle English : from obsolete dishevely, from Old French deschevele, past participle of descheveler (based on chevel ‘hair,’ from Latin capillus). The original sense was [having the hair uncovered] ; later, referring to the hair itself, [hanging loose,] hence [disordered, untidy.] Compare with unkempt .