how to pronounce obligate


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obligate is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of obligate in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… it says cats are obligate carnivores …”

meanings of obligate


  1. To cause to be grateful or indebted; to oblige.
  2. To commit (money, for example) in order to fulfill an obligation.
  3. To bind, compel, constrain, or oblige by a social, legal, or moral tie.


  1. Absolutely indispensable; essential.
  2. Able to exist or survive only in a particular environment or by assuming a particular role.

obligate frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word obligate occurs in english on average 0.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics obligate can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that obligate can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) communication, information, and media;

3) people, society, and culture;

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