adjective, noun, plural obligatos, obligati [ob-li-gah-ee] .
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obbligato or music obligato (ˌɒblɪˈɡɑːtəʊ)
1.  not to be omitted in performance
n , -tos, -ti
2.  an essential part in a score: with oboe obbligato
[C18: from Italian, from obbligare to oblige]
obligato or music obligato (ˌɒblɪˈɡɑːtəʊ, -tiː)
[C18: from Italian, from obbligare to oblige]

obligato (ˌɒblɪˈɡɑːtəʊ)
adj, —n
music a variant spelling of obbligato

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And the music of their rowing died to a soft obligato.
It has four strings and plays the obligato and little riffs.
Basket picnic with obligato band music in a shaded grove across the lake.
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