[syn: oblige, bind, hold, obligate]
1. restricted to a particular condition of life;
- Example: "an obligate anaerobe can survive only in the absence of oxygen"
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: restricted to a particular condition of life; "an
obligate anaerobe can survive only in the absence of
oxygen" [ant: facultative]
v 1: force somebody to do something; "We compel all students to
fill out this form" [syn: compel, oblige, obligate]
2: commit in order to fulfill an obligation; "obligate money"
3: bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a
contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise" [syn: oblige,
bind, hold, obligate]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
25 Moby Thesaurus words for "obligate":
accept obligation, agree to, answer for, be answerable for,
be responsible for, be security for, bind, commit, compel,
constrain, contract, engage, force, go bail for,
have an understanding, make imperative, make incumbent, oblige,
pledge, require, saddle with, shake hands on, take the vows, tie,