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obligate Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb force somebody to do something
    oblige; compel.
    • We compel all students to fill out this form
  2. verb commit in order to fulfill an obligation
    • obligate money
  3. verb bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted
    oblige; bind; hold.
    • He's held by a contract
    • I'll hold you by your promise
  4. adjective restricted to a particular condition of life
    • an obligate anaerobe can survive only in the absence of oxygen

Ob"li*gate transitive verb
L. obligatus, p.p. of obligare. See Oblige.
imperfect & past participle Obligated ; present participle & verbal noun Obligating
  1. To bring or place under obligation, moral or legal; to hold by a constraining motive. "Obligated by a sense of duty." Proudfit.
    That's your true plan -- to obligate The present ministers of state. Churchill.
  2. To bind or firmly hold to an act; to compel; to constrain; to bind to any act of duty or courtesy by a formal pledge.
    That they may not incline or be obligated to any vile or lowly occupations. Landor.

Webster 1913