Definition of Oblige in English :

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Oblige meaning in English

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see synonyms of oblige


1. compel, obligate, oblige

force somebody to do something

Example Sentences:
'We compel all students to fill out this form'

2. bind, hold, obligate, oblige

bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted

Example Sentences:
'He's held by a contract'
'I'll hold you by your promise'

3. accommodate, oblige

provide a service or favor for someone

Example Sentences:
'We had to oblige him'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of oblige
1. (tr; often passive)
to bind or constrain (someone to do something) by legal, moral, or physical means
2. (tr; usually passive)
to make indebted or grateful (to someone) by doing a favour or service
we are obliged to you for dinner
to do a service or favour to (someone)
she obliged the guest with a song

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see synonyms of oblige
verb transitiveWord forms: oˈbliged or oˈbliging
to compel by moral, legal, or physical force; constrain
to make indebted for a favor or kindness done; do a favor for
verb intransitive
to do a favor or service

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of oblige
v. o·bliged, o·blig·ing, o·blig·es
1. To compel or require (someone) to do something, as by circumstance or legality: When the power went out, we were obliged to fetch water with a bucket. The contract obliges you to meet the deadline.
2. To make indebted or grateful: I am obliged to you for your gracious hospitality.
3. To do a service or favor for: They obliged us by arriving early.
To do a service or favor: The soloist obliged with yet another encore.

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