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ob•li•gate



Pronunciation: (
v.ob'li-gāt";
adj.ob'li-git, -gāt"),
[key]
v. -gat•ed, -gat•ing,
adj.


v.t.
1. to bind or oblige morally or legally: to obligate oneself to purchase a building.
2. to pledge, commit, or bind (funds, property, etc.) to meet an obligation.

adj.
1. morally or legally bound; obliged; constrained.
2. necessary; essential.
3. Biol.restricted to a particular condition of life, as certain organisms that can survive only in the absence of oxygen: obligate anaerobe (opposed to facultative).

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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