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 for obligate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Obligate \Ob"li*gate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Obligated; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Obligating.] [L. obligatus, p. p. of obligare. See
     1. To bring or place under obligation, moral or legal; to
        hold by a constraining motive. "Obligated by a sense of
        duty." --Proudfit.
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              That's your true plan -- to obligate
              The present ministers of state.       --Churchill.
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     2. To bind or firmly hold to an act; to compel; to constrain;
        to bind to any act of duty or courtesy by a formal pledge.
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              That they may not incline or be obligated to any
              vile or lowly occupations.            --Landor.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: restricted to a particular condition of life; "an
             obligate anaerobe can survive only in the absence of
             oxygen" [ant: facultative]
      v 1: force somebody to do something; "We compel all students to
           fill out this form" [syn: compel, oblige, obligate]
      2: commit in order to fulfill an obligation; "obligate money"
      3: bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a
         contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise" [syn: oblige,
         bind, hold, obligate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  25 Moby Thesaurus words for "obligate":
     accept obligation, agree to, answer for, be answerable for,
     be responsible for, be security for, bind, commit, compel,
     constrain, contract, engage, force, go bail for,
     have an understanding, make imperative, make incumbent, oblige,
     pledge, require, saddle with, shake hands on, take the vows, tie,

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