obligate obligate  /ˈɑb lə ˌɡeɪt/


  1. (v) force somebody to do something
  2. (v) commit in order to fulfill an obligation
  3. (v) bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted
  4. (adj) restricted to a particular condition of life



  1. The ICC indictments, the first to be handed down against a sitting head of state, obligate the world's nations to arrest al-Bashir on sight.
  2. You rightly point out that the findings obligate the EPA to regulate those pollutants.
  3. While that amendment guarantees Smith the right to disseminate his views, it does not obligate editors -- or anyone else -- to publish them.


  1. FedEx asking for key approvals from Ocala, Marion County

    Among the agreements are contracts that obligate the city to move natural gas and electric transmission lines and one that grants FedEx access to the site along Northwest 35th Street.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: The Ocala Star-Banner

  2. Postal policy flawed

    Did you know that the U.S. Postal Service has a policy in place that does not obligate them to pick up outgoing mail if your address is not receiving mail in the city?
    on June 16, 2013     Source: The Daily Iberian


  1. "This so-called systemic risk regulator should not have the power to commit or obligate billions or hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to bailing out the so-called 'too-big-to-fail' institutions," said Rep. Spencer Bachus of Alabama, top...
    on Mar 17, 2009 By: Spencer Bachus Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "We will disengage from most of the Palestinian population" in the West Bank, Mr. Olmert said. "That will obligate us to leave territories under Israeli control today."
    on Feb 7, 2006 By: Ehud Olmert Source: New York Times

  3. "The title does not obligate the first lady to be chauffeured or have bodyguards or any of the security attendant to the title," says McGreevey, noting that his wife chose to receive those perks, paid for by taxpayers.
    on Sep 14, 2007 By: James E McGreevey Source: Washington Post

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