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tr.v. ob·li·gat·ed, ob·li·gat·ing, ob·li·gates
1. To compel or constrain by a social, legal, or moral requirement. See Synonyms at force.
2. To cause to be grateful or indebted; oblige: We will always be obligated to you for your kindness.
3. To commit (money, for example) in order to fulfill an obligation.
adj. (-gĭt, -gāt′)
Able to exist or survive only in a particular environment or by assuming a particular role: an obligate parasite; an obligate anaerobe.
n. (-gĭt, -gāt′)
An obligate organism.
[Latin obligāre, obligāt-; see oblige.]
ob′li·ga·ble (-gə-bəl) adj.
having the feeling that it is one's duty to do something, or that one is legally bound to do it: obligated to fulfil the contract.
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|Adj.||1.||obligated - caused by law or conscience to follow a certain course; "felt obligated to repay the kindness"; "was obligated to pay off the student loan"|
responsible - worthy of or requiring responsibility or trust; or held accountable; "a responsible adult"; "responsible journalism"; "a responsible position"; "the captain is responsible for the ship's safety"; "the cabinet is responsible to the parliament"
unobligated - not obligated