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English adjective: obligate

1. obligate restricted to a particular condition of life


SamplesAn obligate anaerobe can survive only in the absence of oxygen.


Domain categorybiological science, biology


Antonymsfacultative


English verb: obligate

1. obligate (social) force somebody to do something


SamplesWe compel all students to fill out this form.


ExamplesThey obligate him to write the letter


Synonymscompel, oblige


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)cause, get, have, induce, make, stimulate


Narrower (hyponym)apply, clamor, coerce, condemn, enforce, enforce, force, force, hale, implement, impose, pressure, shame, squeeze, thrust, walk


Causeact, move

2. obligate (possession) commit in order to fulfill an obligation


SamplesObligate money.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)commit, confide, entrust, intrust, trust

3. obligate (communication) bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted


SamplesHe's held by a contract.
I'll hold you by your promise.


Synonymsbind, hold, oblige


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)relate


Narrower (hyponym)article, indent, indenture, pledge, tie down









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