Origin of obligate
Examples from the Web for obligate
Even then, the settlement does not obligate the Wilpon/Katz crowd until year four to make payment of half of what is still owed.Inside the Mets’ Madoff Payout
Allan Dodds Frank
March 20, 2012
The same reasons that obligate a person to accept circumcision also obligate a person to accept the whole Law.Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Having it does not obligate him to speak out on all issues or, indeed, on any issue.Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest
J. Frank Dobie
Shall I obligate the Church to pay three hundred and fifty head of cattle for a crime committed by others?Jacob Hamblin: A Narrative of His Personal Experience
James A. Little
This will not obligate you at all, but for the sake of your future health and happiness, do not put it off.
He was forced to obligate himself not to trade in any Commodities except the produce of the manor.History of the Great American Fortunes, Vol. I
- to compel, constrain, or oblige morally or legally
- (in the US) to bind (property, funds, etc) as security
- compelled, bound, or restricted
- biology able to exist under only one set of environmental conditionsan obligate parasite cannot live independently of its host Compare facultative (def. 4)
Word Origin and History for obligate
1540s, "to bind, connect;" 1660s, "to put under moral obligation," back-formation from obligation, or else from Latin obligatus, past participle of obligare (see oblige). Oblige, with which it has been confused since late 17c., means "to do one a favor." Related: Obligated; obligating.
- Able to exist or survive only in a particular environment or by assuming a particular role.
- Capable of existing only in a particular environment or by assuming a particular role. An obligate aerobe, such as certain bacteria, can live only in the presence of oxygen. An obligate parasite cannot survive independently of its host. Compare facultative.