Meaning of OBLIGATE in English

I. -gə̇t, -ləˌgāt adjective

Etymology: Middle English obligat, from Latin obligatus, past participle of obligare


a. obsolete : placed under obligation : bound

b. : restricted to a particular condition of life

an obligate parasite

obligate anaerobes

2. : completely unavoidable : essential , necessary

the presence of mycorrhiza appears obligate to the healthy growth of many plants

following an obligate course of development

• ob·li·gate·ly adverb

II. ˈäbləˌgāt, usu -ād.+V transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Latin obligatus, past participle of obligare to oblige — more at oblige

1. obsolete : bind , fasten


a. : to pledge as security

b. : to assign or commit (as funds) to meet a particular obligation

the treasury had obligated anticipated receipts from the new tax


a. : to constrain or bind to some course of action (as by legal measures, moral or social considerations, or force of circumstances)

obligated to pay alimony

community life obligates each of us to certain restraints and conformities

b. : oblige 3a

hoping to obligate enough of his colleagues to put over the measure

I don't like to be obligated to anybody

4. : to put under a promise, vow, or oath especially as part of a ceremony of initiation into an organization

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