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Meaning of OBLIGE

Pronunciation:  u'blIj

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise"
  2. [v]  provide a service or favor for someone; "We had to oblige him"
  3. [v]  force or compel somebody to do something; "We compel all students to fill out this form"

OBLIGE is a 6 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: accommodate, bind, compel, hold, obligate, obligate
 Antonyms: disoblige
 See Also: abide by, act, apply, article, cause, clamor, coerce, comply, condemn, enforce, follow, force, get, hale, have, implement, indent, indenture, induce, make, move, pledge, pressure, relate, shame, stimulate, thrust, tie down, walk



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\O*blige"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Obliged}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Obliging}.] [OF. obligier, F. obliger, L. obligare; ob
(see {Ob-}) + ligare to bind. See {Ligament}, and cf.
1. To attach, as by a bond. [Obs.]

         He had obliged all the senators and magistrates
         firmly to himself.                    --Bacon.

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

         The obliging power of the law is neither founded in,
         nor to be measured by, the rewards and punishments
         annexed to it.                        --South.

         Religion obliges men to the practice of those
         virtues which conduce to the preservation of our
         health.                               --Tillotson.

3. To bind by some favor rendered; to place under a debt;
   hence, to do a favor to; to please; to gratify; to

         Thus man, by his own strength, to heaven would soar,
         And would not be obliged to God for more. --Dryden.

         The gates before it are brass, and the whole much
         obliged to Pope Urban VIII.           --Evelyn.

         I shall be more obliged to you than I can express.
                                               --Mrs. E.

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