Definitions for obligeəˈblaɪdʒ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•bligeəˈblaɪdʒ(v.)o•bliged, o•blig•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to require or constrain, as by law, conscience, or force.

  2. to bind morally or legally, as by a promise or contract.

  3. to place under a debt of gratitude for a favor or service:

    We are much obliged for the ride.

  4. to do a favor or service for; accommodate:

    He obliged us with a song.

  5. to make necessary or obligatory.

  6. (v.i.)to do a favor or service.

Origin of oblige:

1250–1300; ME < OF obligier < L obligāre to bind. See obligate


Princeton's WordNet

  1. compel, oblige, obligate(verb)

    force somebody to do something

    "We compel all students to fill out this form"

  2. oblige, bind, hold, obligate(verb)

    bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted

    "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise"

  3. oblige, accommodate(verb)

    provide a service or favor for someone

    "We had to oblige him"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. oblige(verb)əˈblaɪdʒ

    to require that sb do sth

    Are scientists obliged to share their knowledge with the public?

  2. obligeəˈblaɪdʒ

    to help sb with sth they need

    We are happy to oblige any readers' requests.


  1. oblige(Verb)

    To constrain someone by force or by social, moral or legal means.

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

  2. oblige(Verb)

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

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

  3. oblige(Verb)

    To be indebted to someone.

    I am obliged to you for your recent help.

  4. oblige(Verb)

    To do a service or favour.

    The singer obliged with another song.

  5. Origin: From Old (and modern) French obliger, from Latin obligare, from ob- + ligare ‘bind’.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Oblige(verb)

    to attach, as by a bond

  2. Oblige(verb)

    to constrain by physical, moral, or legal force; to put under obligation to do or forbear something

  3. Oblige(verb)

    to bind by some favor rendered; to place under a debt; hence, to do a favor to; to please; to gratify; to accommodate

Anagrams of oblige

  1. big ole

Translations for oblige

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to force to do something

She was obliged to go; The police obliged him to leave.

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