obligate for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (ɒblɪgeɪt)
Word forms: obligates, obligating, obligated
If something obligates you to do a particular thing, it creates a situation where you have to do it. [formal] [V n to-inf] ⇒ The ruling obligates airlines to release information about their flight delays. [V n to-inf] ⇒ Under a separation agreement, he was obligated to pay his ex-wife £20,000 a year for life.