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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ob·li·gate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Obligated p. pr. & vb. n. Obligating.]
 1. To bring or place under obligation, moral or legal; to hold by a constraining motive. Obligated by a sense of duty.”
 That's your true plan -- to obligate
 The present ministers of state.   --Churchill.
 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.
    That they may not incline or be obligated to any vile or lowly occupations.   --Landor.