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Definition of 'obligate'


  1. force or compel somebody to do something; "We compel all students to fill out this form"
       Synonyms: compel oblige
  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"
       Synonyms: oblige bind hold


  1. restricted to a particular condition of life; "an obligate anaerobe can survive only in the absence of OXYGen"
       Antonyms: facultative

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