obligate ob‧li‧gate [ˈɒblgeɪt ǁ ˈɑːb-] verb [transitive] especially AmE
1. to make it necessary for someone to do something:

• A new law will obligate all companies engaging in banking business to get approval from the finance ministry.

2. FINANCE if an authority obligates an amount of money for something, it officially says it will spend that amount on it:

• The Pentagon has obligated $987.9 million to overhaul and improve the aircraft.

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obligate UK US /ˈɒblɪɡeɪt/ verb [T] US FORMAL
LAW to force someone to do something: be obligated to do sth »

The company was obligated to make compensation for damages.

obligate sb/sth to do sth »

The law doesn't obligate districts to enroll older students.

be legally/morally obligated »

Employers are legally obligated to inform employees about benefits.

Compare OBLIGE(Cf. ↑oblige)
FINANCE to officially state that money will be used pay for something: »

The centre is authorized to obligate funds.

obligate funds/money/$20 million, etc. for sth »

The agency has obligated $388 million for specific recovery projects in the area.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Obligate — means by necessity (antonym facultative) and is used mainly in biology in phrases such as: Obligate aerobe, an organism that cannot survive without oxygen Obligate anaerobe, an organism that cannot survive in the presence of oxygen Obligate air… …   Wikipedia

  • obligate — ob·li·gate / ä blə ˌgāt/ vt gat·ed, gat·ing 1: to bind legally or morally was obligated to pay child support 2: to commit (as funds or property) to meet or provide security for an obligation oblig·a·to·ry /ə bli gə ˌtōr ē/ ad …   Law dictionary

  • Obligate — Ob li*gate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Obligated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Obligating}.] [L. obligatus, p. p. of obligare. See {Oblige}.] 1. To bring or place under obligation, moral or legal; to hold by a constraining motive. Obligated by a sense of duty.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • obligate — [äb′li gāt΄; ] for adj. [, äb′ləgit, äb′ləgāt΄] vt. obligated, obligating [< L obligatus, pp. of obligare: see OBLIGE] to bind by a contract, promise, sense of duty, etc.; put under obligation adj. [ME < L obligatus] 1. bound; obliged 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • obligate — (v.) 1540s, to bind, connect; 1660s, to put under moral obligation, from L. obligatus, pp. of obligare (see OBLIGE (Cf. oblige)). Oblige, with which it has been confused since late 17c., means to do one a favor. Related: Obligated; obligating …   Etymology dictionary

  • obligate — [v] require astrict, bind, constrain, force, indebt, make indebted, oblige, restrain, restrict; concepts 53,130,646 Ant. let off …   New thesaurus

  • obligate — ► VERB 1) compel legally or morally. 2) US commit (assets) as security. ► ADJECTIVE Biology ▪ restricted to a particular function or mode of life. ORIGIN Latin obligare, from ligare to bind …   English terms dictionary

  • obligate — Without an alternative system or pathway. [L. ob ligo, pp. atus, to bind to] * * * ob·li·gate äb li gət, lə .gāt adj 1) restricted to one particularly characteristic mode of life or way of functioning <the infant is an obligate nose breather… …   Medical dictionary

  • obligate — I. transitive verb ( gated; gating) Etymology: Latin obligatus, past participle of obligare Date: 1533 1. to bind legally or morally ; constrain 2. to commit (as funds) to meet an obligation II. adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • obligate — obligable /ob li geuh beuhl/, adj. obligator, n. v. /ob li gayt /; adj. /ob li git, gayt /, v. obligated, obligating, adj. v.t. 1. to bind or oblige morally or legally: to obligate oneself to purchase a building. 2. to pledge, commit, or bind… …   Universalium

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