Examples of obligate in a Sentence
The contract obligates the firm to complete the work in six weeks.
the problem is of your own making, so don't think that you can obligate me to help
Origin and Etymology of obligate
Latin obligatus, past participle of obligare
First Known Use: 1533See Words from the same year
Definition of obligate
1 : restricted to one particularly characteristic mode of life an obligate parasite
2 : biologically essential for survival obligate mutualism
OBLIGATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of obligate for English Language Learners
: to make (a person or organization) do something because the law requires it or because it is the right thing to do
OBLIGATE Defined for Kids
Definition of obligate for Students
: to make (someone) do something by law or because it is right The contract obligates you to pay monthly.
Medical Definition of obligate
1: restricted to one particularly characteristic mode of life or way of functioning the infant is an obligate nose breather—Journal of the American Medical Association an obligate parasite
2: biologically essential for survival obligate parasitism
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