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collateral

noun [U]  /kəˈlæt̬·ər·əl/ us  
valuable property owned by someone who wants to borrow money, which the person agrees will become the property of the lender (= person or business that lends money) if the debt is not paid back: She put up her house as collateral for the loan.
Translations of “collateral”
in Spanish Garantía…
in Chinese (Traditional) 擔保品,抵押品…
in Russian залог…
in Turkish teminat, güvence…
in Chinese (Simplified) 担保品,抵押品…
in Polish gwarancja, zabezpieczenie…
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