obligate

verb
ob·​li·​gate | \ˈä-blə-ˌgāt \
obligated; obligating

Definition of obligate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bind legally or morally : constrain You are obligated to repay the loan.

2 : to commit (something, such as funds) to meet an obligation funds obligated for new projects

obligate

adjective
ob·​li·​gate | \ˈä-bli-gət, -blə-ˌgāt\

Definition of obligate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : restricted to one particularly characteristic mode of life an obligate parasite

2 : biologically essential for survival obligate mutualism

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Other Words from obligate

Adjective

obligately adverb

Examples of obligate in a Sentence

Verb

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

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The government doesn’t mandate how women dress in America, and hasn’t yet obligated women to seek male consent when purchasing contraceptives, as happened in a recent Handmaid’s Tale flashback. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Gilead in America," 20 June 2018 The committee and the independent office, which refers ethics matters to the committee, will review the request but are not obligated to launch a probe simply because the request was made. Matt Volz, chicagotribune.com, "Democratic Party official calls for ethics probe over Rep. Gianforte's attack on reporter," 24 May 2018 But even if Pruitt successfully rescinds the Clean Power Power, the EPA is obligated to try to curb greenhouse gas emissions because of the agency’s old endangerment finding. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Kennedy's retirement could bring a seismic shift to environmental law," 28 June 2018 In the meantime, the defendants will consult with their insurance companies, who would likely be contractually obligated to pay some portion of any judgment or settlement. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Examining the Zeke Upshaw Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against the NBA," 1 June 2018 The Sabres gave up a home game to be in this one since the Rangers are contractually obligated to play all their home games at Madison Square Garden for a tax exemption. USA TODAY, "J.T. Miller's overtime goal lifts Rangers past Sabres in Winter Classic," 1 Jan. 2018 According to Kweli, Res was contractually obligated to deliver a 12-track album titled Reset following her 2013 album Refried Mac but never presented a full album to Kweli or his label, Javotti Media. Nerisha Penrose, Billboard, "Talib Kweli Denies 'Bogus' Sexual Harassment Allegations in New Statement," 5 June 2018 Competitors are obligated to wear something around their neck — a scarf, a tie, an ascot, something — the idea being that homeowners along the alley are less likely to call police if the people lurking in the alley are dressed snappily. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "Those athletic Isenbargers: A Rose Bowl, an NCAA championship, and now a Linear Bocce title," 7 May 2018 Banks have been obligated to collect identification information on their customers for decades to help law enforcement track possible criminal activity. Telis Demos, WSJ, "Rules Designed to Catch Terrorists Cost This Unsuspecting Customer Her Bank Account," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of obligate

Verb

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for obligate

Verb

Latin obligatus, past participle of obligare

Adjective

see obligate entry 1

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The first known use of obligate was in 1533

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obligate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of obligate

: to make (a person or organization) do something because the law requires it or because it is the right thing to do

obligate

verb
ob·​li·​gate | \ˈä-blə-ˌgāt \
obligated; obligating

Kids Definition of obligate

: to make (someone) do something by law or because it is right The contract obligates you to pay monthly.

obligate

adjective
ob·​li·​gate | \ˈäb-li-gət, -lə-ˌgāt \

Medical Definition of obligate 

1 : restricted to one particularly characteristic mode of life or way of functioning the infant is an obligate nose breatherJournal of the American Medical Association an obligate parasite

2 : biologically essential for survival obligate parasitism

Other Words from obligate

obligately adverb

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obligate

transitive verb
ob·​li·​gate | \ˈä-blə-ˌgāt \
obligated; obligating

Legal Definition of obligate 

1 : to bind legally or morally was obligated to pay child support

2 : to commit (as funds or property) to meet or provide security for an obligation

Other Words from obligate

obligatory \ ə-​ˈbli-​gə-​ˌtōr-​ē \ adjective

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