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Definition of the adjective obligate

What does obligate mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. restricted to a particular condition of life

Alternative definition of the adjective obligate


  1. [biology] Able to exist or survive only in a particular environment or by assuming a particular role: an obligate parasite; an obligate anaerobe.
  2. Absolutely indispensable; essential.

Definition of the verb obligate

What does obligate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: obligated | obligating | obligates

  1. force somebody to do something
  2. commit in order to fulfill an obligation
  3. bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of obligate: bind / hold / oblige
    • more generic word: relate = have or establish a relationship to
    • more specific terms:
      • pledge = bind or secure by a pledge
      • article = bind by a contract
      • indenture / indent = bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant
      • tie down = restrain from independence by an obligation

Alternative definition of the verb obligate


  1. [transitive] To bind, compel, or constrain by a social, legal, or moral tie. See Synonyms at force.
  2. [transitive] To cause to be grateful or indebted; to oblige.
  3. [transitive] To commit (money, for example) in order to fulfill an obligation.

Phrases with obligate

  1. Obligate Biped
  2. Obligate carrier
  3. obligate anaerobe
  4. Obligate Carnivore
  5. Obligate Quadruped

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for obligate

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Google previewConcise Dictionary of Modern Medicine (2010)

by Joseph Segen

obligate. carrier. Clinical genetics The male or female parent of a child with an autosomal recessive disorder who, by definition, is a carrier of the defective gene is question; similarly, mothers of male children with an XR condition are carriers of ...

Google previewEncyclopaedic Dictionary of Biology (2003)

by S. Choudhary

obligate : 1. Describes a microbe (bacterium, fungus) tiiat must have a certain ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Biology (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Obligate aerobe. In Wikipedia. Retrieved September 14, 2016, from aerobe. Obligate anaerobe. In Wikipedia.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Entomology (2008)

by John L. Capinera

an obligate hematophage at all stages and, according to the matrix, a monoxenous human parasite that can be a vector of rickettsiae.

Google previewConcise Dictionary of Biomedicine and Molecular Biology (2001)

by Pei-Show Juo

Obligate 1. Necessary or essential for life. 2. Restricted to a specified condition of life. Obligate Aerobes Organisms that require oxygen for cellular growth and cellular respiration. Obligate Anaerobes Organisms that cannot use molecular ...

Google previewThe Water Dictionary (2010)

A Comprehensive Reference of Water Terminology by Nancy E. McTigue, James M. Symons

obligate pathogen A pathogenic organism, such as a virus, ...

Google previewMosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions (2016)

by Mosby

obligate /ob′′ligit, -gāt/ [L, obligare, ...

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Obligate Meaning

Video shows what obligate means. To bind, compel, constrain, or oblige by a social, legal, or moral tie.. To cause to be grateful or indebted; to oblige.. To commit ...

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Scrabble value of O1B3L1I1G2A1T1E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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