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obligate

ob·li·gate

obligate

 
 
pronunciation:
a blih geIt
part of speech: verb
inflections: obligated, obligates, obligating
definition: to make someone do something because of a law or moral principle.
The law obligates us to drive slowly through town.His knowledge of right and wrong obligated him to return the wallet he had found.
 
synonyms:
bind, oblige
similar words:
command, compel, demand, exact
derivation: obligable (adj.)