What does oblige mean?

Definitions for oblige
əˈblaɪdʒoblige

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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"

Wiktionary

  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.

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

  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.

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

  3. oblige(Verb)

    To be indebted to someone.

    I am obliged to you for your recent help.

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

  4. oblige(Verb)

    To do a service or favour.

    The singer obliged with another song.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Oblige(verb)

    to attach, as by a bond

    Etymology: [OF. obligier, F. obliger, L. obligare; ob (see Ob-) + ligare to bind. See Ligament, and cf. Obligate.]

  2. Oblige(verb)

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

    Etymology: [OF. obligier, F. obliger, L. obligare; ob (see Ob-) + ligare to bind. See Ligament, and cf. Obligate.]

  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

    Etymology: [OF. obligier, F. obliger, L. obligare; ob (see Ob-) + ligare to bind. See Ligament, and cf. Obligate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Oblige

    ō-blīj′, v.t. to bind or constrain: to bind by some favour rendered, hence to do a favour to.—adj. Ob′ligable, that can be held to a promise or an undertaking: true to a promise or a contract.—n. Ob′ligant, one who binds himself to another to pay or to perform something.—v.t. Ob′ligāte, to constrain: to bind by contract or duty:—pr.p. ob′ligāting; pa.p. ob′ligāted.n. Obligā′tion, act of obliging: the power which binds to a promise, a duty, &c.: any act which binds one to do something for another: that to which one is bound: state of being indebted for a favour: (law) a bond containing a penalty in case of failure.—adv. Ob′ligatorily.—n. Ob′ligatoriness.—adj. Ob′ligātory, binding: imposing duty.—ns. Obligee (ob-li-jē′), the person to whom another is obliged; Oblige′ment, a favour conferred.—adj. Oblig′ing, disposed to confer favours: ready to do a good turn.—adv. Oblig′ingly.—ns. Oblig′ingness; Ob′ligor (law), the person who binds himself to another. [Fr.,—L. obligāre, -ātumob, before, ligāre, to bind.]

Editors Contribution

  1. oblige

    To provide support where ethical, moral and just.

    They often oblige to ensure unity is the way moving forward.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 12, 2020  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of oblige in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of oblige in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of oblige in a Sentence

  1. Fayez Abu Shammala:

    Since our Israeli enemy is sick with coronavirus, our Arab morals oblige us to make truce with them at this stage. Let's be merciful even with our enemy.

  2. French President Francois Hollande:

    What exists today is no longer enough and there are countries, and I will not name them here because we have to work with all of them, but who are not responding to their moral obligations, europe is a group of principles, of values which oblige us to welcome those who are pushed out and look for refuge because they are persecuted.

  3. H. G. Wells:

    There is nothing in machinery, there is nothing in embankments and railways and iron bridges and engineering devices to oblige them to be ugly. Ugliness is the measure of imperfection.

  4. Karl Kraus:

    What torture, this life in society! Often someone is obliging enough to offer me a light, and in order to oblige him I have to fish a cigarette out of my pocket.

  5. Yann Hulin:

    We've had a few client requests here and there, especially for wine bottles, which of course we oblige, but in terms of dishes, it's extremely rare.

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Translations for oblige

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  • obligarCatalan, Valencian
  • verpflichten, einen Gefallen tunGerman
  • obligarSpanish
  • imposer, rendre service, obligerFrench
  • lekötelez, kötelezHungarian
  • 義務付ける, 世話, サービス, 恩義Japanese
  • verplichten, een plezier doenDutch
  • [[сде́лать]] [[одолже́ние]], обяза́ть, [[де́лать]] [[одолже́ние]], [[быть]] [[обязанный, обя́зыватьRussian
  • บังคับThai
  • واجبUrdu
  • oblidjîWalloon
  • 责成Chinese

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