Definitions of oblige

  1. provide a service or favor for someone; "We had to oblige him" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. force or compel somebody to do something; "We compel all students to fill out this form" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. To attach, as by a bond. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To constrain by physical, moral, or legal force; to put under obligation to do or forbear something. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To bind by some favor rendered; to place under a debt; hence, to do a favor to; to please; to gratify; to accommodate. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To compel by force, morally, legally, or physically; bind by some favor or kindness shown; render a favor to; gratify. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Obliger. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. To bind or constrain: to bind by some favor rendered, hence to do a favor to. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. To constrain; bind by a favor. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. To constrain; compel; reder indebted, as for a favor; gratify. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. To constrain by physical, legal, or moral force; to do a favour to; to lay under an obligation of gratitude; to gratify. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. To bind or constrain, as by a sense of propriety or duty, or by necessity, physical or legal; to lay under an obligation; to do a favour to; to please; to gratify. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. [=o]-bl[=i]j', 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'LIG[=A]TE, to constrain: to bind by contract or duty:--pr.p. ob'lig[=a]ting; pa.p. ob'lig[=a]ted.--n. OBLIG[=A]'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'LIG[=A]TORY, binding: imposing duty.--ns. OBLIGEE (ob-li-j[=e]'), 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. oblig[=a]re, -[=a]tum--ob, before, lig[=a]re, to bind.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  15. Bind (person, oneself) by oath, promise, contract, &c., to person or to do (archaic, legal; also with oath &c. as subj.); be binding on; make indebted by conferring favour, gratify by doing or with; (colloq.) make contribution to entertainment (with song &c., or abs.); (pass.) be bound (to person) by gratitude (for small service); constrain, compel, to do. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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