What does oblige mean?

Definitions for obligeəˈblaɪdʒ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word oblige.

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"


  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

  4. Origin: [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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Radan Kanev:

    We cannot oblige people to believe in us.

  2. Baltasar Gracián y Morales:

    To oblige persons often costs little and helps much.

  3. La Fontaine:

    We must oblige everybody as much as we can; we have often need of assistance from those inferior to ourselves.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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Translations for oblige

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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
  • oblidjîWalloon
  • 责成Chinese

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