1. [ adjective ] being under moral or legal obligation
Synonyms: compelled constrained bound

"felt bound by his promise"

Related terms: obligated
2. [ adjective ] (biology) restricted to a particular condition of life

"an obligate anaerobe can survive only in the absence of oxygen"

Related terms: facultative biology
3. [ verb ] bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted
Synonyms: hold bind oblige

"He's held by a contract' "I'll hold you by your promise"

Related terms: relate article tie_down pledge indenture obligation obligation
4. [ verb ] commit in order to fulfill an obligation

"obligate money"

Related terms: entrust obligation
5. [ verb ] force or compel somebody to do something
Synonyms: compel oblige

"We compel all students to fill out this form"

Related terms: induce coerce enforce enforce force walk condemn shame clamor compulsion act
Similar spelling:   obligated