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 obligating
God's refusal to enter the camp of Israel, Moses construes as obligating also his own withdrawal from the camp.A Manual for Teaching Biblical History|Eugene Kohn
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.