oblige

  • 1obligé — obligé, ée [ ɔbliʒe ] adj. • XIIIe; de obliger A ♦ (Personnes) 1 ♦ Tenu, lié par une obligation, assujetti par une nécessité. Dr. Une personne obligée envers un créancier. N. Le principal obligé : le débiteur principal (opposé à caution). Être,… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 2obligé — obligé, ée (o bli jé, jée) part. passé d obliger. 1°   Lié par quelque chose dont on ne peut se dégager. •   Elle sera obligée à son voeu ; et elle accomplira effectivement tout ce qu elle aura promis et juré, SACI Bible, Nombr. XXX, 45. •   Je… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 3oblige — o‧blige [əˈblaɪdʒ] verb 1. [transitive] to make it necessary for someone to do something: oblige be obliged to do something • As a result of falling profits, we were obliged to close the factory. 2. [intransitive, transitive] to do something that …

    Financial and business terms

  • 4oblige — 1 constrain, coerce, compel, *force Analogous words: *tie, bind 2 Oblige, accommodate, favor mean to do a service or courtesy. To oblige a person is to make him indebted by doing something that is pleasing to him {Punch was always anxious to… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5oblige — index accommodate, aid, assist, bear (support), bestow, bind (obligate), call ( …

    Law dictionary

  • 6oblige — [v1] require bind, coerce, command, compel, constrain, force, impel, make, necessitate, obligate, shotgun*; concepts 14,242,646 Ant. let off oblige [v2] do a favor or kindness accommodate, aid, assist, avail, bend over backward*, benefit, come… …

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  • 7oblige — [ə blīj′, ōblīj′] vt. obliged, obliging [ME obligen < OFr obligier < L obligare, to bind, oblige < ob (see OB ) + ligare, to bind: see LIGATURE] 1. to compel by moral, legal, or physical force; constrain 2. to make indebted for a favor… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8Oblige — O*blige ([ o]*bl[imac]j ; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Obliged} ([ o]*bl[imac]jd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Obliging} ([ o]*bl[imac] j[i^]ng).] [OF. obligier, F. obliger, L. obligare; ob (see {Ob }) + ligare to bind. See {Ligament}, and cf. {Obligate}.] 1 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 9oblige — (v.) c.1300, to bind by oath, from O.Fr. obligier (13c.), from L. obligare to bind, put under obligation, from ob to (see OB (Cf. ob )) + ligare to bind, from PIE root *leig to bind (see LIGAMENT (Cf. li …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 10oblige — ► VERB 1) compel legally or morally. 2) perform a service or favour for. 3) (be obliged) be indebted or grateful. ORIGIN Latin obligare, from ligare to bind …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11oblige — o|blige S3 [əˈblaıdʒ] v formal [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: obliger, from Latin obligare, from ligare to tie ] 1.) [T usually passive] if you are obliged to do something, you have to do it because the situation, the law, a duty etc… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12obligé — I. Obligé, [oblig]ée. part. pass. Il a les sign. de son verbe. II. Obligé. s. m Acte par lequel on répond de la fidelité d un Domestique. Rendre l obligé à un laquais. à un cocher en le congediant. C est aussi un terme de civilité dont on se sert …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 13oblige — obligedly /euh bluy jid lee/, adv. obligedness, n. obliger, n. /euh bluyj /, v., obliged, obliging. v.t. 1. to require or constrain, as by law, command, conscience, or force of necessity. 2. to bind morally or legally, as by a promise or contract …

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  • 14oblige — verb ADVERB ▪ duly (BrE) ▪ The fans were looking for another goal and Owen duly obliged (= he scored). ▪ kindly ▪ gladly, happily, willingly …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15oblige — v. 1) (d; tr.) to oblige by (you would oblige me by not smoking) 2) (H) the contract obliges us to pay a penalty if we finish late * * * [ə blaɪdʒ] (H) the contract obliges us to pay a penalty if we finish late (d;tr.) to oblige by (you would… …

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  • 16oblige */*/ — UK [əˈblaɪdʒ] / US verb Word forms oblige : present tense I/you/we/they oblige he/she/it obliges present participle obliging past tense obliged past participle obliged 1) [transitive, usually passive] formal to force someone to do something… …

    English dictionary

  • 17oblige — [[t]əbla͟ɪʤ[/t]] obliges, obliging, obliged 1) VERB If you are obliged to do something, a situation, rule, or law makes it necessary for you to do that thing. [be V ed to inf] The storm got worse and worse. Finally, I was obliged to abandon the… …

    English dictionary

  • 18oblige — verb formal 1 (transitive usually passive) to make it necessary for someone to do something: be obliged to do sth: As a result of falling profits we were obliged to close the factory. | feel obliged to do sth (=feel that you have a duty to do… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19oblige — dis·oblige; oblige; oblige·ment; …

    English syllables

  • 20oblige — [c]/əˈblaɪdʒ / (say uh bluyj) verb (obliged, obliging) –verb (t) 1. to require or constrain, as by law, command, conscience, or necessity. 2. to bind (a person, etc.) morally or legally, as by a promise, contract, or the like. 3. to make (an… …

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