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Meaning of OBLIGATE

Pronunciation:  '√Ęblu`geyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  being under moral or legal obligation; "felt bound by his promise"
  2. [adj]  (biology) restricted to a particular condition of life; "an obligate anaerobe can survive only in the absence of OXYGen"
  3. [v]  bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise"
  4. [v]  commit in order to fulfill an obligation; "obligate money"
  5. [v]  force or compel somebody to do something; "We compel all students to fill out this form"

OBLIGATE is a 8 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: bind, bound, compel, compelled(p), constrained(p), hold, obligated(p), oblige, oblige
 Antonyms: facultative
 See Also: act, apply, article, cause, clamor, coerce, commit, condemn, confide, enforce, entrust, force, get, hale, have, implement, indent, indenture, induce, intrust, make, move, pledge, pressure, relate, shame, stimulate, thrust, tie down, trust, walk



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ob"li*gate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Obligated}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Obligating}.] [L. obligatus, p. p. of obligare. See
1. To bring or place under obligation, moral or legal; to
   hold by a constraining motive. ``Obligated by a sense of
   duty.'' --Proudfit.

         That's your true plan -- to obligate The present
         ministers of state.                   --Churchill.

2. To bind or firmly hold to an act; to compel; to constrain;
   to bind to any act of duty or courtesy by a formal pledge.

         That they may not incline or be obligated to any
         vile or lowly occupations.            --Landor.

Biology Dictionary
  1. Describes a microbe (bacterium, fungus) that must have a certain element (such as oxygen) or compound present or absent in their environment; for instance, an obligate anaerobe cannot survive in an oxygen-containing environment, whereas an obligate aerobe must have oxygen or it will die.
  2. Describes a parasite that cannot survive without a host.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: accept obligation, agree to, answer for, be answerable for, be responsible for, be security for, bind, commit, compel, constrain, contract, engage, force, go bail for, have an understanding, make imperative, make incumbent, oblige, pledge, require, saddle with, shake hands on, take the vows, tie, undertake