- IPA: /əˈblaɪdʒ/
oblige (obliges, present participle obliging; past and past participle obliged)
- (transitive) To constrain someone by force or by social, moral or legal means.
- I am obliged to report to the police station every week.
- 1749, [John Cleland], “(Please specify the letter or volume)”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: Printed [by Thomas Parker] for G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] […], OCLC 731622352 ↗:
- Tho' he was some time awake before me, yet did he not offer to disturb a repose he had given me so much occasion for; but on my first stirring, which was not till past ten o'clock, I was oblig'd to endure one more trial of his manhood.
- (transitive) To do someone a service or favour (hence, originally, creating an obligation).
- He obliged me by not parking his car in the drive.
- (intransitive) To be indebted to someone.
- I am obliged to you for your recent help.
- (intransitive) To do a service or favour.
- The singer obliged with another song.
- Russian: быть обязанный