Dictate vs Obligate - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between dictate and obligate
is that dictate
is to order, command, control while obligate
is (transitive|north america|scottish) to bind, compel, constrain, or oblige by a social, legal, or moral tie.
As a noun dictate
is an order or command.
As an adjective obligate is
(biology) able to exist or survive only in a particular environment or by assuming a particular role.
An order or command.
- I must obey the dictates of my conscience.
To order, command, control.
* 2001 , Sydney I. Landau, Dictionaries: The Art and Craft of Lexicography , Cambridge University Press (ISBN 0-521-78512-X), page 409,
To speak in order for someone to write down the words.
- Trademark Owners will nevertheless try to dictate how their marks are to be represented, but dictionary publishers with spine can resist such pressure.
- She is dictating a letter to a stenographer.
- The French teacher dictated a passage from Victor Hugo.
(transitive, North America, Scottish) To bind, compel, constrain, or oblige by a social, legal, or moral tie.
(transitive, North America, Scottish) To cause to be grateful or indebted; to oblige.
(transitive, North America, Scottish) To commit (money, for example) in order to fulfill an obligation.
In non-legal usage, almost exclusively used in the passive, in form “obligated' to X” where ‘X’ is a verb infinitive or noun phrase, as in “'''obligated to pay”. Further, it is now only in standard use in American English and some dialects such as Scottish,
[''Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage,'' p. 675] having disappeared from standard British English by the 20th century, being replaced by obliged (it was previously used in the 17th through 19th centuries). [''The New Fowler’s Modern English Usage (1996)]
* See also:
(biology) Able to exist or survive only in a particular environment or by assuming a particular role.
Absolutely indispensable; essential.
- an obligate''' parasite; an '''obligate anaerobe.