AskDefine | Define oblige

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

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From Old (and modern) French obliger, from Latin obligare, from ob- + ligare ‘bind’.



  1. To constrain someone by force or by social, moral or legal means
    I am obliged to report to the police station every week.
  2. To do someone a service or favour (hence, originally, creating an obligation)
    He obliged me by not parking his car in the drive.
  3. To be indebted to someone
    I am obliged to you for your recent help.
  4. To do a service or favour
    The singer obliged with another song.

Derived terms





  1. first- and third-person singular present of obliger

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accommodate, aid, assist, avail, benefit, bind, brook no denial, call for, cater to, coddle, coerce, commit, compel, concuss, constrain, contribute, convenience, cosset, demand, dictate, do a favor, do a service, do right by, exact, favor, force, give way to, gratify, help, humor, impose, indulge, insist upon, leave no option, make, make imperative, make incumbent, mollycoddle, necessitate, obligate, pamper, please, pledge, profit, require, saddle with, satisfy, serve, shotgun, show kindness to, spoil, take no denial, tie, treat well, yield to
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