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obligate

[ verb ob-li-geyt; adjective ob-li-git, -geyt ]
/ verb 藞蓲b l瑟藢ge瑟t; adjective 藞蓲b l瑟 g瑟t, -藢ge瑟t /
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verb (used with object), ob路li路gat路ed, ob路li路gat路ing.
to bind or oblige morally or legally: to obligate oneself to purchase a building.
to pledge, commit, or bind (funds, property, etc.) to meet an obligation.
adjective
morally or legally bound; obliged; constrained.
Biology. restricted to a particular condition of life, as certain organisms that can survive only in the absence of oxygen (opposed to facultative): obligate anaerobe.
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Origin of obligate

First recorded in 1400鈥50; late Middle English obligat, from Latin oblig膩tus (past participle of oblig膩re 鈥渢o bind鈥), equivalent to ob- + lig膩tus; see ob-, ligate

OTHER WORDS FROM obligate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH obligate

obligate , oblige
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British Dictionary definitions for obligate

obligate
/ (藞蓲bl瑟藢伞e瑟t) /

verb
to compel, constrain, or oblige morally or legally
(in the US) to bind (property, funds, etc) as security
adjective
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)

Derived forms of obligate

obligable, adjectiveobligative, adjectiveobligator, noun

Word Origin for obligate

C16: from Latin oblig膩re to oblige
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Medical definitions for obligate

obligate
[ 艔bl沫-g沫t, -g膩t鈥 ]

adj.
Able to exist or survive only in a particular environment or by assuming a particular role.
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Scientific definitions for obligate

obligate
[ 艔bl沫-g沫t, -g膩t鈥 ]

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.
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