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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.
1. to compel, constrain, or oblige morally or legally
2. (Law) (in the US) to bind (property, funds, etc) as security
3. compelled, bound, or restricted
4. (Biology) biology able to exist under only one set of environmental conditions: an obligate parasite cannot live independently of its host. Compare facultative4
[C16: from Latin obligāre to oblige]
ob•li•gate(v. ˈɒb lɪˌgeɪt; adj. ˈɒb lɪ gɪt, -ˌgeɪt)
v. -gat•ed, -gat•ing,
1. to bind or oblige morally or legally.
2. to commit (funds, property, etc.) to meet an obligation.adj.
3. restricted to a particular condition of life, as certain organisms that can survive only in the absence of oxygen (opposed to facultative).
Past participle: obligated
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|Verb||1.||obligate - force somebody to do something; "We compel all students to fill out this form"|
cause, induce, stimulate, make, get, have - cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner; "The ads induced me to buy a VCR"; "My children finally got me to buy a computer"; "My wife made me buy a new sofa"
walk - make walk; "He walks the horse up the mountain"; "Walk the dog twice a day"
coerce, force, hale, pressure, squeeze - to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"; "He squeezed her for information"
clamor - compel someone to do something by insistent clamoring; "They clamored the mayor into building a new park"
condemn - compel or force into a particular state or activity; "His devotion to his sick wife condemned him to a lonely existence"
shame - compel through a sense of shame; "She shamed him into making amends"
|2.||obligate - commit in order to fulfill an obligation; "obligate money"|
|3.||obligate - bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise"|
pledge - bind or secure by a pledge; "I was pledged to silence"
article - bind by a contract; especially for a training period
indenture, indent - bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant; "an indentured servant"
tie down - restrain from independence by an obligation; "He was tied down by his work"
relate - have or establish a relationship to; "She relates well to her peers"
|Adj.||1.||obligate - restricted to a particular condition of life; "an obligate anaerobe can survive only in the absence of oxygen"|
facultative - able to exist under more than one set of conditions; "a facultative parasite can exist as a parasite or a saprophyte"
vt (form) → verpflichten (sb to do sth jdn, etw zu tun)
v. obligar, exigir.