- To obligate is to bind by a duty, promise or a contract.
When you require your staff to attend a weekly meeting, this is an example of a time when you obligate the staff to attend a meeting.
transitive verbobligated, obligating
Origin of obligate; from Classical Latin obligatus, past participle of obligare: see oblige
- bound; obliged
- Biol. limited to a certain type of behavior, environment, etc.: an obligate parasite
Origin of obligateME < L obligatus
transitive verbob·li·gat·ed, ob·li·gat·ing, ob·li·gates
- To compel or constrain by a social, legal, or moral requirement. See Synonyms at force.
- To cause to be grateful or indebted; oblige: We will always be obligated to you for your kindness.
- To commit (money, for example) in order to fulfill an obligation.
Origin of obligateLatin obligāre, obligāt-; see oblige.
(third-person singular simple present obligates, present participle obligating, simple past and past participle obligated)
In non-legal usage, almost exclusively used in the passive, in form “obligated to X” where ‘X’ is a verb infinitive or noun phrase, as in “obligated to pay”. Further, it is now only in standard use in American English and some dialects such as Scottish, having disappeared from standard British English by the 20th century, being replaced by obliged (it was previously used in the 17th through 19th centuries).
(comparative more obligate, superlative most obligate)
From Latin obligātus, past participle of obligō.