- The definition of oblige is to compel, force or obligate someone to do something by force, or to do as someone wishes, or to be indebted to someone.
- If you require your sister to go to the party or you will tell your parents a secret about her, you oblige her to go to the party.
- If you agree to go to the party when your sister asks, this is an example of when you oblige her.
- If you are grateful to someone for giving you a gift, this is an example of when you are obliged.
oblige definition by Webster's New World
- to compel by moral, legal, or physical force; constrain
- to make indebted for a favor or kindness done; do a favor for
Origin: Middle English obligen ; from Old French obligier ; from Classical Latin obligare, to bind, oblige ; from ob- (see ob-) plush ligare, to bind: see ligature
- obliger noun
oblige definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb o·bliged, o·blig·ing, o·blig·es verb, transitive
- To constrain by physical, legal, social, or moral means.
- To make indebted or grateful: I am obliged to you for your gracious hospitality.
- To do a service or favor for: They obliged us by arriving early.
Origin: Middle English obligen, from Old French obligier, from Latin obligāre : ob-, to; see ob- + ligāre, to bind; see leig- in Indo-European roots.
- o·bligˈer noun
oblige - Legal Definition
- To legally or morally bind; to obligate.
- To bind someone by performing a service for that person.