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

That's your true plan -- to obligate The present ministers of state. --Churchill. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

That they may not incline or be obligated to any vile or lowly occupations. --Landor. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • obligated — ob‧li‧gat‧ed [ˈɒblgeɪtd ǁ ˈɑːb ] adjective especially AmE 1. be obligated (to do something) to have to do something or have a duty to do it: • The insurer is obligated by contract to compensate the policyholder for the damage. 2. be/​feel… …   Financial and business terms

  • obligated — adj. 1. under a moral obligation to someone. Syn: beholden(predicate). [WordNet 1.5] 2. under a legal obligation to someone. Syn: indebted. [WordNet 1.5] 3. owing gratitude or recognition to another for help or favors etc. Opposite of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • obligated — index accountable (responsible), bound, contractual, indebted, indentured, liable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • obligated — [adj] bound bounden, called by duty, committed, compelled, contracted, duty bound, enslaved, forced, indebted, indentured, obliged, pledged, required, tied, under obligation, urged; concept 554 …   New thesaurus

  • obligated — adj. 1) obligated to (I m obligated to you) 2) obligated to + inf. (he is obligated to pay off all debts by the end of the year) * * * [ ɒblɪgeɪtɪd] obligated to (I m obligated to you) obligated to + inf. (he is obligated to pay off all debts by… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • obligated — UK [ˈɒblɪˌɡeɪtɪd] / US [ˈɑblɪˌɡeɪtəd] adjective be/feel obligated to do something formal if you are obligated to do something, you must do it because it is your duty or it is morally right The committee are then obligated to take any comments… …   English dictionary

  • obligated — ob|li|gat|ed [ ablı,geıtəd ] adjective * be/feel obligated to do something if you are obligated to do something, you must do it because it is your duty or it is morally right: The committee is then obligated to take the public s comments into… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • obligated — [[t]ɒ̱blɪgeɪtɪd[/t]] ADJ: v link ADJ, oft ADJ to inf, ADJ to n If you feel obligated to do something, you feel that it is your duty to do it. If you are obligated to someone, you feel that it is your duty to look after them. [FORMAL] I felt… …   English dictionary

  • obligated — adjective especially AmE 1 be obligated (to do something) to have to do something or have a duty to do it: IBM s European customers will be obligated to make more drastic cutbacks in mainframe expenditure. 2 be/feel obligated to someone to owe… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • obligated — [ˈɒblɪˌgeɪtɪd] adj be/feel obligated to do sth formal if you are obligated to do something, you must do it because it is your duty, or because it is morally right[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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