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Definition force or compel somebody to do something; or to commit to do something
  • The contract obligates them to fix the problem.
  • obligate the funds
  • She was afraid of hurting you, and she didn't want to make you feel obligated in any way.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Are not all of us who are ministers obligated to bring men together in love?
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Since you are their client, they would be obligated to.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • I recollected Granpa said you was obligated to pitch in when folks was trying to do for you; but I wasn't much account at it.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • He again reminded me that my plea agreement obligated me to cooperate.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Legally, he was obligated to disclose this new wrinkle.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • However, as your putative brother and former teacher I feel obligated to mention a couple of things.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • You deserve better than me being with you because I feel obligated.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • Mom asked Camille, and something about her tone made it seem like she felt obligated to inquire about Queen Daphne.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • In the end, the question is how much science should be obligated (ethically and legally) to put people in the position to do the same as Slavin.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • I feel obligated to communicate this to Aibileen so she doesn't end up disappointed.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • If and when the queen's champion was defeated, her armies were obligated to stop and camp.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • I shook my head and told him no, but he said we'd made a deal and I was obligated to give it a try to see how his growth system was working.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • The best thing I could do for him at this point is to just break it off so he doesn't feel obligated to stand by me through this.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • "I don't feel obligated to do one thing.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • But really, don't feel obligated.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • You're not obligated or expected to feel what I feel."
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • "What determines the number of trains which any given railroad is obligated to run?" she asked.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged

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