I. transitive verb (-gated; -gating) Etymology: Latin obligatus, past participle of obligare Date: 1533 1. to bind legally or morally ; constrain 2. to commit (as funds) to meet an obligation II. adjective Date: 1887 1. restricted to one particularly characteristic mode of life <
an obligate parasite
2. biologically essential for survival <
obligate mutualism
obligately adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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