Oblige meaning

ə-blīj'
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.

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To legally or morally bind; to obligate.
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To do a favor or service.
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To make indebted for a favor or kindness done; do a favor for.
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(intransitive) To be indebted to someone.

I am obliged to you for your recent help.

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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.

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To bind someone by performing a service for that person.
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To constrain someone by force or by social, moral or legal means.

I am obliged to report to the police station every week.

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To do someone a service or favour (hence, originally, creating an obligation).

He obliged me by not parking his car in the drive.

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(intransitive) To do a service or favour.

The singer obliged with another song.

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To make indebted or grateful.

I am obliged to you for your gracious hospitality.

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To do a service or favor for.

They obliged us by arriving early.

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To do a service or favor.

The soloist obliged with yet another encore.

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To compel by moral, legal, or physical force; constrain.
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Origin of oblige

  • Middle English obligen from Old French obligier from Latin obligāre ob- to ob– ligāre to bind leig- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Old French obliger < Latin obligo, from ob- + ligo.
    From Wiktionary