Definition of obligate

Definition of obligate
  1. obligate Verb To bind, compel, or constrain by a social, legal, or moral tie. See Synonyms at force.
  2. obligate Verb To cause to be grateful or indebted; to oblige.
  3. obligate Verb To commit (money, for example) in order to fulfill an obligation.
  4. obligate Adjective Able to exist or survive only in a particular environment or by assuming a particular role: "an obligate parasite; an obligate anaerobe. "
  5. obligate Adjective Absolutely indispensable; essential.
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