verb (used with object), li·gat·ed, li·gat·ing.
- to bind with or as if with a ligature; tie up (a bleeding artery or the like).
- (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.
- To tie or bind with a ligature.