verb (used with object), li·gat·ed, li·gat·ing.

  1. to bind with or as if with a ligature; tie up (a bleeding artery or the like).


  1. (tr) to tie up or constrict (something) with a ligature

v.1590s, from Latin ligatus, past participle of ligare “to bind” (see ligament). Related: Ligated; ligating. v.

  1. To tie or bind with a ligature.

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