[ verb ob-li-geyt; adjective ob-li-git, -geyt ]
/ verb ˈɒb lɪˌgeɪt; adjective ˈɒb lɪ gɪt, -ˌgeɪt /
verb (used with object), ob·li·gat·ed, ob·li·gat·ing.
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Origin of obligate
OTHER WORDS FROM obligate
ob·li·ga·ble [ob-li-guh-buh l] /ˈɒb lɪ gə bəl/, adjectiveob·li·ga·tor, nounnon·ob·li·gat·ed, adjectivepre·ob·li·gate, verb (used with object), pre·ob·li·gat·ed, pre·ob·li·gat·ing.
qua·si-ob·li·gat·ed, adjectivere·ob·li·gate, verb (used with object), re·ob·li·gat·ed, re·ob·li·gat·ing.un·ob·li·gat·ed, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH obligateobligate oblige
Words nearby obligate
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British Dictionary definitions for obligator
/ (ˈɒblɪˌɡeɪt) /
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)
Derived forms of obligateobligable, adjectiveobligative, adjectiveobligator, noun
Word Origin for obligate
C16: from Latin obligāre to oblige
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Medical definitions for obligator
[ ŏb′lĭ-gĭt, -gāt′ ]
Able to exist or survive only in a particular environment or by assuming a particular role.
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Scientific definitions for obligator
[ ŏb′lĭ-gĭt, -gāt′ ]
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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