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American English: /əˈblaɪdʒ/
British English: /əˈblʌɪdʒ/

transitive verb

  • 1 (require, compel)to oblige somebody to + infinitive
    obligar a alguien a + infinitive
    the delay obliged us to cancel the order
    el retraso nos obligó a cancelar el pedido
    to be obliged to + infinitiveyou'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
    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.
  • 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

intransitive verb

  • 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]
    con mucho gusto
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