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  1. simple past tense and past participle of obligate


obligated (comparative more obligated, superlative most obligated)

  1. (Canada, US, Scotland) committed
  2. (Canada, US, Scotland) having an obligation; obliged
    • 2016 January 26, "When ‘Made In Israel’ Is a Human Rights Abuse," The New York Times (retrieved 26 January 2016):
      Under a provision of a larger piece of legislation, popularly known as the Customs Bill, that has been approved by the House and is expected to soon pass the Senate, American officials will be obligated to treat the settlements as part of Israel in future trade negotiations.

Usage notesEdit

Now only in standard use in American English and some dialects such as Scottish,[1] having disappeared from standard British English by the 20th century, being replaced by obliged (it was previously used in the 17th through 19th centuries).[2]


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  1. ^ Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage, p. 675
  2. ^ The New Fowler’s Modern English Usage (1996)