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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


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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