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Obligate  v. t.  (past & past part. obligated; pres. part. obligating)  
To bring or place under obligation, moral or legal; to hold by a constraining motive. "Obligated by a sense of duty." "That's your true plan to obligate The present ministers of state."
To bind or firmly hold to an act; to compel; to constrain; to bind to any act of duty or courtesy by a formal pledge. "That they may not incline or be obligated to any vile or lowly occupations."

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"Obligate" Quotes from Famous Books

... no organic food (e. g., nitrifying bacteria); Metatrophic, requiring organic food (e. g., saprophytes and facultative parasites); Paratrophic, requiring living food (obligate parasites); ...
— The Elements of Bacteriological Technique • John William Henry Eyre

... institution to which an army officer has been detailed as the professor of military science and tactics, and which cannot meet the necessary requirements for the senior division. In this case the Government does not give a commutation of subsistence and the students are not asked to obligate themselves as in ...
— The Plattsburg Manual - A Handbook for Military Training • O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey

... equably replied, "to point out that I did not come hither with any belligerent intent. My undershirt, therefore, I was entitled to regard as a purely natural advantage,—as much so as would have been a greater length of arm, which, you conceive, does not obligate a gentleman to cut off his fingers before ...
— Gallantry - Dizain des Fetes Galantes • James Branch Cabell

... years of age who shall plant and protect a tree under the direction of the Executive Committee, or who shall pay the sum of one dollar annually, and shall obligate him or herself to pay the same for three years, shall be a member of this Association; and every child under fourteen years of age, who shall pay or shall become obligated to pay as before the sum of twenty-five cents annually ...
— Village Improvements and Farm Villages • George E. Waring

... Undid what she by day had done) Whilst they a double visage wear, What's sworn by day, by night unswear. Such be their arts, and such, perchance, May happily their ends advance; Prom a new system mine shall spring, A locum tenens is the thing. 1440 That's your true plan. To obligate The present ministers of state, My shadow shall our court approach, And bear my power, and have my coach; My fine state-coach, superb to view, A fine state-coach, and paid for too. To curry favour, and the grace Obtain of those who're out of place; In the mean time I—that's ...
— Poetical Works • Charles Churchill

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