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"collateral" in British English

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collateralnoun [U]

uk   /kəˈlæt.ər.əl/ us   /kəˈlæt̬.ɚ.əl/
  • collateral noun [U] (SECURITY FOR DEBT )

valuable property owned by someone who wants to borrow money, that they agree will become the property of the company or person who lends the money if the debt is not paid back: She used/put up her house as collateral for a loan.

collateralnoun [C]

uk   /kəˈlæt.ər.əl/ us   /kəˈlæt̬.ɚ.əl/

collateraladjective

uk   /kəˈlæt.ər.əl/ us   /kəˈlæt̬.ɚ.əl/ formal
(Definition of collateral from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"collateral" in American English

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collateralnoun [U]

us   /kəˈlæt̬·ər·əl/
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.
(Definition of collateral from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"collateral" in Business English

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collateralnoun [U]

uk   /kəˈlætərəl/ us  
FINANCE property that someone borrowing money will give to the loan company, if he or she cannot pay the debt: use sth as/pledge sth as/put sth up as collateral Debt counsellors are concerned by the trend towards using houses as collateral against debt.
(Definition of collateral from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “collateral”
in Spanish Garantía…
in Vietnamese tài sản thế chấp…
in Malaysian kolateral…
in Thai หลักทรัพย์ประกัน…
in Chinese (Simplified) 担保品,抵押品…
in Turkish teminat, güvence…
in Russian залог…
in Indonesian jaminan, agunan…
in Chinese (Traditional) 擔保品,抵押品…
in Polish gwarancja, zabezpieczenie…
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