Translation of oblige in Spanish:

oblige

Pronunciation: /əˈblaɪdʒ/

vt

  • 1 (require, compel) to oblige sb to + inf obligar* a algn a + inf the delay obliged us to cancel the order el retraso nos obligó a cancelar el pedidoto be obliged to + inf you're not obliged to attend no estás obligado a asistir, no tienes obligación de asistir I was obliged to leave early me vi obligado a irme temprano I felt obliged to stay a bit longer me sentí obligado a quedarme un ratito más
  • 2 (do favor for) he was always ready to oblige a friend estaba siempre dispuesto a hacerle un favor a un amigo you would oblige me by leaving me alone me haría un favor si me dejara en paz she obliged the guests with a song complació a los invitados cantando una canción much obliged! muchas gracias, le agradezco mucho I'd be much obliged if you could help me le quedaría muy agradecido si pudiera ayudarme we are greatly obliged to you for your help le estamos muy agradecidos por su ayuda

vi

  • he's always willing to oblige siempre está dispuesto a hacer un favor I asked for help, but nobody obliged pedí ayuda pero nadie se ofreció I regret that I am unable to oblige siento no poder complacerlo ( or complacerlos etc) anything to oblige [colloquial/familiar] con mucho gusto

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