Definition of mortgage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmôrɡij/


1The charging of real (or personal) property by a debtor to a creditor as security for a debt (especially one incurred by the purchase of the property), on the condition that it shall be returned on payment of the debt within a certain period.
Example sentences
  • If you have personal debt, such as a line of credit used for investment purchases, consider converting this debt into a personal mortgage on real estate.
  • Thus, in Forster, the defendant solicitors were instructed to advise the plaintiff about executing a mortgage which charged her freehold property as security for a loan made to her son.
  • The Plaintiffs separately claim the debt incurred with the mortgages on the property.
1.1A deed effecting the conditions of a mortgage.
Example sentences
  • The piece of paper that documents this pledge is usually called a mortgage or a deed of trust.
  • Correspondence, deeds, mortgages, and business papers document the Burnett Family of Marshall County, Illinois.
  • It had won its case in 1994, when a French court decided that Windsor had signed a mortgage deed.
1.2A loan obtained through the conveyance of property as security: I put down a hundred thousand in cash and took out a mortgage for the rest
More example sentences
  • Last month the building society launched a mortgage with an interest rate capped at 4.99% until May 2009.
  • Surely the interest paid over the life of the mortgage is enough for banks and building societies to absorb the costs themselves?
  • They take out mortgages and life insurance policies.


[with object]
1Convey (a property) to a creditor as security on a loan: the estate was mortgaged up to the hilt
More example sentences
  • During this time her brother-in-law mortgaged the property, without her knowledge, as security for his own debts, and when he defaulted on the repayments, the bank sought possession of the property.
  • Hjorten and Fuller went without salaries for the project's first year and financed the company by mortgaging their property and by taking on credit-card debt.
  • Mr. Aarts mortgaged this property to provide part of the funds used to purchase the home.
1.1Expose to future risk or constraint for the sake of immediate advantage: some people worry that selling off federal assets mortgages the country’s future
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  • Middle-class British parents, meanwhile, are mortgaging their futures to keep their children out of state schools, or to buy homes in areas where the local state school has a civilized reputation.
  • They are wasting their youth and mortgaging their future.
  • We are on a spending spree that's mortgaging our children's futures, and I feel very strongly about that.



Example sentences
  • The only solution we could find was to turn it into living accommodation, because this would allow the property to become mortgageable.
  • He is eminently employable - if not employed - and mortgageable, though it was submitted on his behalf that it was not so.
  • Unless the loan is reinvested in the home, borrowing against the free mortgageable value makes households more vulnerable to falling property prices.


Late Middle English: from Old French, literally 'dead pledge', from mort (from Latin mortuus 'dead') + gage 'pledge'.

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Syllabification: mort·gage

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