What does obliged mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. duty-bound(p), obliged(p)adjective

    under a moral obligation to do something


  1. obligedadjective

    Under an obligation to do something for someone.

  2. obligedadjective

    Indebted because of a favor done.


  1. obliged

    Obliged refers to being legally or morally bound to do something. It involves having a duty, responsibility or commitment imposed either by law, social obligations, or personal circumstances that compels one to act in a certain way or carry out a task.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obliged

    of Oblige

Editors Contribution

  1. obligedverb

    Verb form of the word oblige.

    We are obliged as a united humanity to support and ensure a life of optimum health, human rights, dignity, world peace and prosperity for all.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 12, 2020  

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  1. Obliged

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British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'obliged' in Adjectives Frequency: #700

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of obliged in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of obliged in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of obliged in a Sentence

  1. Mark Twain:

    Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.

  2. Albert Camus:

    A person I knew use to divide human beings into three categories Those who prefer have nothing to hide rather than being obliged to lie, those who prefer lying to having nothing to hide, and finally those who like both lying and the hidden.

  3. George Gordon Byron:

    My time has been passed viciously and agreeably at thirty-one so few years months days hours or minutes remain that 'Carpe Diem' is not enough. I have been obliged to crop even the seconds-for who can trust to tomorrow

  4. Roger Federer:

    I am very blessed to be able to play tennis, the sport that I love and very grateful for the opportunities to play in the finals of big events, when the season starts you are on the roll constantly and obliged to be committed to daily routines on and off the court.

  5. Ben Emmerson:

    As a matter of international law, the U.S. is legally obliged to bring those responsible to justice, the U.S. Attorney General is under a legal duty to bring criminal charges against those responsible.

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    a socially awkward or tactless act
    • A. slip
    • B. guts
    • C. witness
    • D. equity

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