obligate

  • 1 Obligate — means by necessity (antonym facultative) and is used mainly in biology in phrases such as: Obligate aerobe, an organism that cannot survive without oxygen Obligate anaerobe, an organism that cannot survive in the presence of oxygen Obligate air… …

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  • 2 obligate — ob‧li‧gate [ˈɒblgeɪt ǁ ˈɑːb ] verb [transitive] especially AmE 1. to make it necessary for someone to do something: • A new law will obligate all companies engaging in banking business to get approval from the finance ministry. 2. FINANCE if an… …

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  • 3 obligate — ob·li·gate / ä blə ˌgāt/ vt gat·ed, gat·ing 1: to bind legally or morally was obligated to pay child support 2: to commit (as funds or property) to meet or provide security for an obligation oblig·a·to·ry /ə bli gə ˌtōr ē/ ad …

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  • 4 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.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 obligate — [äb′li gāt΄; ] for adj. [, äb′ləgit, äb′ləgāt΄] vt. obligated, obligating [< L obligatus, pp. of obligare: see OBLIGE] to bind by a contract, promise, sense of duty, etc.; put under obligation adj. [ME < L obligatus] 1. bound; obliged 2.… …

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  • 6 obligate — (v.) 1540s, to bind, connect; 1660s, to put under moral obligation, from L. obligatus, pp. of obligare (see OBLIGE (Cf. oblige)). Oblige, with which it has been confused since late 17c., means to do one a favor. Related: Obligated; obligating …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 obligate — [v] require astrict, bind, constrain, force, indebt, make indebted, oblige, restrain, restrict; concepts 53,130,646 Ant. let off …

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  • 8 obligate — ► VERB 1) compel legally or morally. 2) US commit (assets) as security. ► ADJECTIVE Biology ▪ restricted to a particular function or mode of life. ORIGIN Latin obligare, from ligare to bind …

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  • 9 obligate — Without an alternative system or pathway. [L. ob ligo, pp. atus, to bind to] * * * ob·li·gate äb li gət, lə .gāt adj 1) restricted to one particularly characteristic mode of life or way of functioning <the infant is an obligate nose breather… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 10 obligate — 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 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 obligate — obligable /ob li geuh beuhl/, adj. obligator, n. v. /ob li gayt /; adj. /ob li git, gayt /, v. obligated, obligating, adj. v.t. 1. to bind or oblige morally or legally: to obligate oneself to purchase a building. 2. to pledge, commit, or bind… …

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  • 12 obligate — 1. verb /ˈɑblɪɡeɪt,ˈɑblɪɡət,ˈɒblɪɡeɪt,ˈɒblɪɡət/ a) To bind, compel, or constrain by a social, legal, or moral tie. See Synonyms at force. b) To cause to be grateful or indebted; to …

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  • 13 obligate — v. (H) what does the agreement obligate us to do? * * * [ ɒblɪgeɪt] (H) what does the agreement obligate us to do? …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 obligate — See oblige, obligate …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 15 obligate — ob|li|gat|e [ˈɔblıgeıt US ˈa:b ] v [T usually passive] especially AmE [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of obligare; OBLIGE] 1.) to make someone have to do something, because it is the law, their duty, or the right thing to do …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 obligate — verb 1》 compel (someone) to undertake a legal or moral duty. 2》 US commit (assets) as security. adjective Biology restricted to a particular function or mode of life: an obligate parasite. Derivatives obligator noun Origin ME (as adjective in the …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 17 obligate — verb signing the agreement does not obligate you to stay through the end of the program Syn: oblige, compel, commit, bind, require, constrain, force, impel …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 obligate —   Restricted to only one taxon or activity, e.g. an obligate pollinator …

    Expanded glossary of Cycad terms

  • 19 obligate — adj. describing an organism that is restricted to one particular way of life; for example, an obligate parasite cannot exist without a host. Compare: facultative …

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  • 20 obligate — verb (t) /ˈɒbləgeɪt/ (say obluhgayt) (obligated, obligating) 1. to oblige or bind morally or legally: to obligate oneself to fulfil certain conditions. 2. US to pledge, commit (funds, etc.). –adjective /ˈɒbləgət/ (say obluhguht), / geɪt/ (say… …

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