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obliging

Syllabification: o·blig·ing
Pronunciation: /əˈblījiNG
 
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Definition of obliging in English:

adjective

Willing to do a service or kindness; helpful.
Example sentences
  • The very happy and obliging young service ladies were resplendent in snappy white shorts and tops.
  • The staff of the school have been very obliging and friendly.
  • A very pleasant and obliging man, he gained the popularity of everybody.
Synonyms
helpful, accommodating, willing, cooperative, considerate, complaisant, agreeable, amenable, generous, kind, neighborly, hospitable, friendly, pleasant, good-natured, amiable, gracious, unselfish, civil, courteous, polite, decent

Derivatives

obligingly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Again and again, they obligingly cut generous portions of the juice-filled beef or pork for you on demand.
  • Right now though I obligingly withheld that dark, heartless side of me.
  • She took the necklace from her sister and, as Charity lifted her hair obligingly, draped the thin silver chain around her neck and fastened the tiny clasp.

obligingness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • The halfway war starts out as a battle that is not, in the first flush of romance, recognised as the beginning of a war at all: it starts out as the battle of obligingness.
  • From the first moment he interested me, especially for his obligingness and for his knowledge of local conditions.
  • The second trump is the kindness and obligingness of the staff.

Words that rhyme with obliging

lodgingungrudging

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