S3 [əˈblaıdʒ] v formal
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: obliger, from Latin obligare, from ligare 'to tie']
1.) [T usually passive]
if you are obliged to do something, you have to do it because the situation, the law, a duty etc makes it necessary
oblige sb to do sth
The minister was obliged to report at least once every six months.
Circumstances had obliged him to sell the business.
feel obliged to do sth
(=feel that you have a duty to do something)
Many parents feel obliged to pay for at least part of the wedding.
2.) [I and T]
to do something that someone has asked you to do
It's always a good idea to oblige important clients.
happy/glad/ready etc to oblige
If you need a ride home, I'd be happy to oblige.
3.) I'd be obliged if
spoken formal used to make a polite request
I'd be obliged if you'd treat this matter as strictly confidential.
4.) (I'm) much obliged (to you)
spoken old-fashioned used to thank someone very politely
HINT sense 1
Do not use oblige when you are talking about making someone do something they do not want to do. Use force or make: No one can force (NOT oblige) you to stay in a job that you hate.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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  • obligé — obligé, ée [ ɔbliʒe ] adj. • XIIIe; de obliger A ♦ (Personnes) 1 ♦ Tenu, lié par une obligation, assujetti par une nécessité. Dr. Une personne obligée envers un créancier. N. Le principal obligé : le débiteur principal (opposé à caution). Être,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • obligé — obligé, ée (o bli jé, jée) part. passé d obliger. 1°   Lié par quelque chose dont on ne peut se dégager. •   Elle sera obligée à son voeu ; et elle accomplira effectivement tout ce qu elle aura promis et juré, SACI Bible, Nombr. XXX, 45. •   Je… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • oblige — o‧blige [əˈblaɪdʒ] verb 1. [transitive] to make it necessary for someone to do something: oblige be obliged to do something • As a result of falling profits, we were obliged to close the factory. 2. [intransitive, transitive] to do something that …   Financial and business terms

  • oblige — 1 constrain, coerce, compel, *force Analogous words: *tie, bind 2 Oblige, accommodate, favor mean to do a service or courtesy. To oblige a person is to make him indebted by doing something that is pleasing to him {Punch was always anxious to… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • oblige — index accommodate, aid, assist, bear (support), bestow, bind (obligate), call ( …   Law dictionary

  • oblige — [v1] require bind, coerce, command, compel, constrain, force, impel, make, necessitate, obligate, shotgun*; concepts 14,242,646 Ant. let off oblige [v2] do a favor or kindness accommodate, aid, assist, avail, bend over backward*, benefit, come… …   New thesaurus

  • oblige — [ə blīj′, ōblīj′] vt. obliged, obliging [ME obligen < OFr obligier < L obligare, to bind, oblige < ob (see OB ) + ligare, to bind: see LIGATURE] 1. to compel by moral, legal, or physical force; constrain 2. to make indebted for a favor… …   English World dictionary

  • Oblige — O*blige ([ o]*bl[imac]j ; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Obliged} ([ o]*bl[imac]jd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Obliging} ([ o]*bl[imac] j[i^]ng).] [OF. obligier, F. obliger, L. obligare; ob (see {Ob }) + ligare to bind. See {Ligament}, and cf. {Obligate}.] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oblige — (v.) c.1300, to bind by oath, from O.Fr. obligier (13c.), from L. obligare to bind, put under obligation, from ob to (see OB (Cf. ob )) + ligare to bind, from PIE root *leig to bind (see LIGAMENT (Cf. li …   Etymology dictionary

  • oblige — ► VERB 1) compel legally or morally. 2) perform a service or favour for. 3) (be obliged) be indebted or grateful. ORIGIN Latin obligare, from ligare to bind …   English terms dictionary

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