verb[with object and infinitive]
- 1Make (someone) legally or morally bound to do something: doctors are obliged by law to keep patients alive while there is a chance of recoveryMore example sentences
- This September, I am legally obliged to renew my driver's licence.
- His hands were completely tied on this one, and those who now criticise him for doing what he was legally obliged to do are being unfair in the extreme to him.
- ‘I was brought up thinking work is something you are morally obliged to do,’ as one older man put it.
- 1.1 [with object] Do as (someone) asks or desires in order to help or please them: oblige me by not being sorry for yourself [no object]: tell me what you want to know and I’ll see if I can obligeMore example sentences
- Please oblige by suggesting the proper food style, life style and other things to avoid further blocks.
- ‘If you wish to embrace me, Maria, you know I will be only too pleased to oblige you,’ replied James, his voice low and teasing.
- Unfortunately, a lack of research funding and other assistance made it impossible to oblige him, but we had a lively conversation.
- 1.2 (be obliged) Be indebted or grateful: if you can give me a few minutes of your time I’ll be much obligedMore example sentences
- Thanks to you, I'm much obliged for such a pleasant stay.
- I shall be much obliged if you would give me an opportunity for an interview.
- If you or anyone else can help me to sort out the security issues I would be much obliged.
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- In the event the obliger discontinues the project, the assets acquired fully or substantially out of the grants given by the Government will revert to the Government grant.
- The obliger is currently not in default under any of its outstanding securities for which United States Trust Company of New York is Trustee.
Middle English (in the sense 'bind by oath'): from Old French obliger, from Latin obligare, from ob- 'towards' + ligare 'to bind'.