from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To liquidate (a debt, such as a mortgage) by installment payments or payment into a sinking fund.
  • transitive v. To write off an expenditure for (office equipment, for example) by prorating over a certain period.

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  • v. To alienate (property) in mortmain.
  • v. To wipe out (a debt, liability etc.) gradually or in installments.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make as if dead; to destroy.
  • transitive v. To alienate in mortmain, that is, to convey to a corporation. See Mortmain.
  • transitive v. To clear off or extinguish, as a debt, usually by means of a sinking fund.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • . To make dead; deaden; destroy.
  • In law, to alienate in mortmain, that is, to convey to a corporation, sole or aggregate, ecclesiastical or temporal, and their successors. See mortmain.
  • To extinguish, as a debt, by means of a sinking-fund.
  • To droop; hang as dead.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. liquidate gradually


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English amortisen, to alienate in mortmain, from Old French amortir, amortiss-, from Vulgar Latin *admortīre, to deaden : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin mors, mort-, death; see mer- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From (the stem of) Middle French amortir ("to bring to death"), probably from Late Latin *admortīre, from Latin ad + mortem.


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