|Origin:||, past participle of obligare; OBLIGE|
ob‧li‧gat‧e [transitive usually passive] especially American English
to make someone have to do something, because it is the law, their duty, or the right thing to do [= oblige]
obligate somebody to do something
Tenants are obligated to pay their rent on time.
to feel that you must do something because it is right or because someone has done something for you [= be/feel obliged]
be/feel obligated to do something
Ava felt obligated to help her mother, even if it meant leaving college.
be/feel obligated to somebody
Watson felt obligated to him for the loan.