What does oblige mean?

Definitions for oblige
əˈblaɪdʒoblige

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. compel, oblige, obligateverb

    force somebody to do something

    "We compel all students to fill out this form"

  2. oblige, bind, hold, obligateverb

    bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted

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

  3. oblige, accommodateverb

    provide a service or favor for someone

    "We had to oblige him"

Wiktionary

  1. obligeverb

    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. obligeverb

    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. obligeverb

    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. obligeverb

    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. Obligeverb

    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. Obligeverb

    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. Obligeverb

    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. La Fontaine:

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

  2. Ali Khamenei:

    Islamic values and the country's constitution oblige all bodies of the Islamic Republic to prevent any discrimination and inequality toward Iranians of any ethnicity, race or religion.

  3. Christian Noyer:

    Our rules oblige us to stop immediately at the point when there is no prospect of a political accord on a programme, or at the point when the Greek banking system crumbles - which would happen if it enters generalised default on all its debts.

  4. 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.

  5. Baltasar Gracián y Morales:

    To oblige persons often costs little and helps much.

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  • obligarCatalan, Valencian
  • einen Gefallen tun, verpflichtenGerman
  • obligarSpanish
  • imposer, obliger, rendre serviceFrench
  • kötelez, lekötelezHungarian
  • 世話, サービス, 義務付ける, 恩義Japanese
  • verplichten, een plezier doenDutch
  • обяза́ть, обя́зывать, [[сде́лать]] [[одолже́ние]], [[быть]] [[обязанный, [[де́лать]] [[одолже́ние]]Russian
  • บังคับThai
  • واجبUrdu
  • oblidjîWalloon
  • 责成Chinese

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