[ob-li-gey-shuh n] /ˌɒb lɪˈgeɪ ʃən/
something by which a person is bound or obliged to do certain things, and which arises out of a sense of duty or results from custom, law, etc.
something that is done or is to be done for such reasons:
to fulfill one’s obligations.
a binding promise, contract, sense of duty, etc.
the act of binding or obliging oneself by a promise, contract, etc.
any bond, note, bill, certificate, or the like, as of a government or a corporation, serving as evidence of indebtedness.
an indebtedness or amount of indebtedness.
a favor, service, or benefit for which gratitude is due.
a debt of gratitude:
He felt an obligation to his teacher.
the state of being under a debt, as of gratitude, for a favor, service, or benefit.
a moral or legal requirement; duty
the act of obligating or the state of being obligated
(law) a legally enforceable agreement to perform some act, esp to pay money, for the benefit of another party
a person or thing to which one is bound morally or legally
something owed in return for a service or favour
a service or favour for which one is indebted
[ob-li-gey-shuh-nl] /ˌɒb lɪˈgeɪ ʃə nl/ adjective 1. .
noun 1. the necessary authority that precedes budget spending by a government agency or department, granted by Congress through appropriations.
[ob-li-gey-tiv] /ˈɒb lɪˌgeɪ tɪv/ adjective 1. implying or involving obligation: an obligative commitment.
[ob-li-gah-toh] /ˌɒb lɪˈgɑ toʊ/ adjective, noun, plural obligatos, obligati [ob-li-gah-ee] /ˌɒb lɪˈgɑ i/ (Show IPA) 1. . /ˌɒblɪˈɡɑːtəʊ/ adjective, noun 1. (music) a variant spelling of obbligato