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obligate

Syllabification: ob·li·gate

Definition of obligate in English:

verb

Pronunciation: /ˈäbləˌɡāt
 
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1Bind or compel (someone), especially legally or morally: the medical establishment is obligated to take action in the best interest of the public
More example sentences
  • The Catholic faith I am part of obligates me to have moral courage.
  • However, Kant claims that the moral law obligates us to consider the final purpose or aim of all moral action.
  • There is no law that can obligate a person to undergo medical treatment in order to save the life of another person.
Synonyms
oblige, compel, commit, bind, require, constrain, force, impel
2 [with object] US Commit (assets) as security: the money must be obligated within thirty days
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  • This means that funds have to be obligated against contractual agreements within a limited amount of time.
  • As agents of investors, managers are obligated to maximize the interests of the owners or principals.
  • Sellers are obligated to disclose significant property defects of which they are aware.

adjective

Pronunciation: /ˈäbləɡāt
 
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[attributive] Biology Back to top  
Restricted to a particular function or mode of life: an obligate intracellular parasite Often contrasted with facultative.
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  • Taken together, our analysis provides strong evidence for a reductive mode of evolution in obligate intracellular parasites with high rates of DNA loss.
  • Microsporidia are a monophyletic assemblage of obligate intracellular parasites that generally infect animals (particularly arthropods and fish).
  • Microsporidia are obligate intracellular parasites that were thought to be an ancient eukaryotic lineage based on molecular phylogenies using ribosomal RNA and translation elongation factors.

Origin

late Middle English (as an adjective in the sense 'bound by law'): from Latin obligatus, past participle of obligare (see oblige). The current adjectival use dates from the late 19th century.

Derivatives

obligator

1
Pronunciation: /-ˌɡātər/
noun
Example sentences
  • Today the happiness is an obligator aspiration.
  • This surety bond will indemnify the performance of the obligator.
  • Currently, the obligator (India) has the capacity to meet its financial commitment on the obligation.

Words that rhyme with obligate

Billingsgate • fumigate

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