- 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.
obligate definition by Webster's New World
Origin: ; 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: ME < L obligatus
obligate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb ob·li·gat·ed, ob·li·gat·ing, ob·li·gates
- To bind, compel, or constrain by a social, legal, or moral tie. See Synonyms at force.
- To cause to be grateful or indebted; oblige.
- To commit (money, for example) in order to fulfill an obligation.
- Biology Able to exist or survive only in a particular environment or by assuming a particular role: an obligate parasite; an obligate anaerobe.
- Absolutely indispensable; essential.
Origin: Latin obligāre, obligāt-; see oblige.
- obˈli·ga·ble adjective
- obˈli·gate·ly adverb
- obˈli·gaˌtor noun
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obligate - Science Definition