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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of obligare; OBLIGE

obligate

verb
     
ob‧li‧gat‧e [transitive usually passive] especially American English
1 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.
2

be/feel obligated

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.

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