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oblige

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See also obligé

English

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to oblige

Third person singular
oblig

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

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

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Derived terms


French

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ɔbliʒ/

Verb

oblige

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

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