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oblige

Pronunciation: /əˈblaɪdʒ/

Translation of oblige in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 (require, compel) to oblige sb to + infinitive/infinitivo obligar* a algn a + infinitive/infinitivo the delay obliged us to cancel the order el retraso nos obligó a cancelar el pedidoto be obliged to + infinitive/infinitivo 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
    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/verbo intransitivo

  • 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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In Spain, a school that is privately owned but receives a government grant is called a colegio concertado. Parents pay monthly fees, but not as much as in a colegio privado. Colegios concertados normally cover all stages of primary and secondary education and often have religious connections.