The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Obligate \Ob"li*gate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Obligated; p. pr. &
vb. n. Obligating.] [L. obligatus, p. p. of obligare. See
1. To bring or place under obligation, moral or legal; to
hold by a constraining motive. "Obligated by a sense of
That's your true plan -- to obligate
The present ministers of state. --Churchill.
2. To bind or firmly hold to an act; to compel; to constrain;
to bind to any act of duty or courtesy by a formal pledge.
That they may not incline or be obligated to any
vile or lowly occupations. --Landor.