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These verbs mean to perform a service or a courteous act for: She obliged me by keeping the personal matter quiet. My brother is accommodating me by lending me money. The singer favored the audience with an encore. See Also Synonyms at force.
v. o•bliged, o•blig•ing. v.t.
If something obliges you to do something, it makes it necessary for you to do it.
If someone feels that they must do something, for example in order to be polite or because they think it is their duty, you can say that they feel obliged to do it.
You do not use oblige in impersonal structures. You do not say, for example, 'He looked at me so blankly that it obliged me to explain'.
Past participle: obliged
|Verb||1.||oblige - force somebody to do something; "We compel all students to fill out this form"|
cause, induce, stimulate, make, get, have - cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner; "The ads induced me to buy a VCR"; "My children finally got me to buy a computer"; "My wife made me buy a new sofa"
walk - make walk; "He walks the horse up the mountain"; "Walk the dog twice a day"
coerce, force, hale, pressure, squeeze - to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"; "He squeezed her for information"
clamor - compel someone to do something by insistent clamoring; "They clamored the mayor into building a new park"
condemn - compel or force into a particular state or activity; "His devotion to his sick wife condemned him to a lonely existence"
shame - compel through a sense of shame; "She shamed him into making amends"
|2.||oblige - bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise"|
pledge - bind or secure by a pledge; "I was pledged to silence"
article - bind by a contract; especially for a training period
indenture, indent - bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant; "an indentured servant"
tie down - restrain from independence by an obligation; "He was tied down by his work"
relate - have or establish a relationship to; "She relates well to her peers"
|3.||oblige - provide a service or favor for someone; "We had to oblige him"|
abide by, comply, follow - act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes; "He complied with my instructions"; "You must comply or else!"; "Follow these simple rules"; "abide by the rules"
disoblige - ignore someone's wishes
help trouble, bother, put out, inconvenience, disoblige, discommode
to oblige sb to do sth → obligar a algn a hacer algo
to be obliged to do sth → estar or verse obligado a hacer algo
you are not obliged to do it → no estás obligado a hacerlo
he did it to oblige us → lo hizo como favor or para complacernos
to oblige sb with a match → hacer a algn el favor de ofrecerle una cerilla
anything to oblige! → ¡cualquier cosa!, ¡con mucho gusto!
to be obliged to sb for sth (= grateful) → estarle agradecido a algn por algo; (= under obligation) → deber un favor a algn por algo
much obliged! → ¡muchísimas gracias!, ¡muy agradecido!
I should be much obliged if → agradecería que + subjun
I am obliged to you for your help → le agradezco mucho su ayuda
to oblige sb to do sth → obbligare or costringere qn a fare qc
to be obliged to do sth → essere obbligato/a or costretto/a a fare qc
to feel obliged to do sth → sentirsi in dovere di fare qc