To obligate is to either force someone to do something or be compelled to do something. You’re obligated to get to work on time if you want to keep your job.

Obligating has to do with responsibilities. When you have a job, you're obligated to show up and do your work. You could also say the job obligates you to do these things. Obligate, which is about obligations (duties), can be used another way – to commit as security. Money would be obligated, or put up as security. Obligate is not the same thing as oblige, which is like doing a favor. To obligate is meaner, it means “to force.”

Definitions of obligate

v force somebody to do something

compel, oblige
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force, thrust
impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably
make walk
coerce, force, hale, pressure, squeeze
to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"
compel someone to do something by insistent clamoring
compel or force into a particular state or activity
compel through a sense of shame
apply, enforce, implement
ensure observance of laws and rules
enforce, impose
compel to behave in a certain way
stick, sting
saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous
exhibit, march, parade
walk ostentatiously
cause to march or go at a marching pace
turn up the heat, turn up the pressure
apply great or increased pressure
to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly
overcome or coerce as if by using a heavy club
steamroll, steamroller
bring to a specified state by overwhelming force or pressure
squeeze for
squeeze someone for money, information, etc.
dragoon, railroad, sandbag
compel by coercion, threats, or crude means
terrorise, terrorize
coerce by violence or with threats
bring oneself
cause to undertake a certain action, usually used in the negative
execute, run
carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine
carry out the legalities of
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cause, get, have, induce, make, stimulate
cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner

v commit in order to fulfill an obligation

obligate money”
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commit, confide, entrust, intrust, trust
confer a trust upon

v bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted

bind, hold, oblige
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bind or secure by a pledge
bind by a contract; especially for a training period
indent, indenture
bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant
tie down
restrain from independence by an obligation
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have or establish a relationship to

adj restricted to a particular condition of life

“an obligate anaerobe can survive only in the absence of oxygen”
able to exist under more than one set of conditions

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