Obligate Definition

ŏblĭ-gāt
obligated, obligates, obligating
verb
obligated, obligates, obligating
To compel or constrain by a social, legal, or moral requirement.
American Heritage
To bind by a contract, promise, sense of duty, etc.; put under obligation.
Webster's New World
To cause to be grateful or indebted; oblige.
We will always be obligated to you for your kindness.
American Heritage
To commit (money, for example) in order to fulfill an obligation.
American Heritage

(North America, Scotland) To bind, compel, constrain, or oblige by a social, legal, or moral tie.

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adjective
Bound; obliged.
Webster's New World
Able to exist or survive only in a particular environment or by assuming a particular role.
An obligate parasite; an obligate anaerobe.
American Heritage Medicine
Limited to a certain type of behavior, environment, etc.
An obligate parasite.
Webster's New World
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noun
An obligate organism.
American Heritage Medicine
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Origin of Obligate

  • From Latin obligātus, past participle of obligō.

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin obligāre obligāt- oblige

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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