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obligate

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verb ob·li·gate \ˈä-blə-ˌgāt\

Definition of obligate

obligated

obligating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bind legally or morally :  constrain

  3. 2 :  to commit (as funds) to meet an obligation

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>

Origin and Etymology of obligate

Latin obligatus, past participle of obligare


First Known Use: 1533


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

Definition of obligate

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

  2. 2 :  biologically essential for survival <obligate mutualism>

obligately

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1887

First Known Use of obligate

1887


OBLIGATE Defined for English Language Learners

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verb ob·li·gate \ˈä-blə-ˌgāt\

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

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verb ob·li·gate \ˈä-blə-ˌgāt\

Definition of obligate for Students

obligated

obligating

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


Medical Dictionary

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

Medical Definition of obligate

  1. 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. 2:  biologically essential for survival <obligate parasitism>

obligately

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Law Dictionary

obligate

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

Legal Definition of obligate

obligated

obligating

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

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

obligatory

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