verb (used with object), ob·li·gat·ed, ob·li·gat·ing.
- obligate aerobe,
- obligate anaerobe,
- obligate parasite,
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.
The mere fact that I happened to save your life does not obligate me to marry you, Miss Wharton.The Trail Horde|Charles Alden Seltzer
Yet by your example you obligate the Gentiles to forsake Christ, and to return to the Law.Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians|Martin Luther
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|Myers Gustavus
Word Origin 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.