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obligate

verb ob·li·gate \ ˈä-blə-ˌgāt \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of obligate

obligated; obligating
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

Examples of obligate in a Sentence

  1. The contract obligates the firm to complete the work in six weeks.

  2. the problem is of your own making, so don't think that you can obligate me to help

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Origin and Etymology of obligate

Latin obligatus, past participle of obligare


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obligate

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

Definition of obligate

1 : restricted to one particularly characteristic mode of life
  • an obligate parasite
2 : biologically essential for survival
  • obligate mutualism

obligately

adverb

Origin and Etymology of obligate


OBLIGATE Defined for English Language Learners

obligate

verb

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

obligate

verb ob·li·gate \ ˈä-blə-ˌgāt \

Definition of obligate for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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 breather
  • Journal of the American Medical Association
  • an obligate parasite
2 : biologically essential for survival
  • obligate parasitism

obligately

adverb

Law Dictionary

obligate

transitive verb ob·li·gate \ ˈä-blə-ˌgāt \

legal Definition of obligate

obligated; obligating
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

obligatory

play \ə-ˈbli-gə-ˌtōr-ē\ adjective


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