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see synonyms of obligate


1. compel, obligate, oblige

force somebody to do something

Example Sentences:
'We compel all students to fill out this form'

2. obligate

commit in order to fulfill an obligation

Example Sentences:
'obligate money'

3. bind, hold, obligate, oblige

bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted

Example Sentences:
'He's held by a contract'
'I'll hold you by your promise'


4. obligate

restricted to a particular condition of life

Example Sentences:
'an obligate anaerobe can survive only in the absence of oxygen'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of obligate
to compel, constrain, or oblige morally or legally
(in the US) to bind (property, funds, etc) as security
compelled, bound, or restricted
4. biology
able to exist under only one set of environmental conditions
an obligate parasite cannot live independently of its host
Compare facultative (sense 4)

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see synonyms of obligate
verb transitiveWord forms: ˈobliˌgated or ˈobliˌgating
to bind by a contract, promise, sense of duty, etc.; put under obligation
bound; obliged
3.  Biology
limited to a certain type of behavior, environment, etc.
an obligate parasite
see also facultative (sense 4)

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see synonyms of obligate
tr.v. ob·li·gat·ed, ob·li·gat·ing, ob·li·gates
1. To compel or constrain by a social, legal, or moral requirement. See Synonyms at force.
2. To cause to be grateful or indebted; oblige: We will always be obligated to you for your kindness.
3. To commit (money, for example) in order to fulfill an obligation.
adj. (-gĭt, -gāt)
Able to exist or survive only in a particular environment or by assuming a particular role: an obligate parasite; an obligate anaerobe.
n. (-gĭt, -gāt)
An obligate organism.

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