- 1 (require, compel) See examples:to oblige somebody to +
infinitivethe delay obliged us to cancel the orderobligar a alguien a+ infinitiveto be obliged to +el retraso nos obligó a cancelar el pedido infinitiveyou're not obliged to attendI was obliged to leave earlyno tienes obligación de asistirI felt obliged to stay a bit longerme vi obligado a irme tempranome sentí obligado a quedarme un ratito másExample 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) See examples: he was always ready to oblige a friendyou would oblige me by leaving me aloneestaba siempre dispuesto a hacerle un favor a un amigoshe obliged the guests with a songme haría un favor si me dejara en pazmuch obliged!complació a los invitados cantando una canciónI'd be much obliged if you could help mele agradezco muchowe are greatly obliged to you for your helple quedaría muy agradecido si pudiera ayudarmele estamos muy agradecidos por su ayuda
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A portero is a superintendent in an apartment building who looks after it, keeps it clean, delivers mail, and keeps an eye on comings and goings. Porteros often have an apartment in the building as part of their pay. The portero, and particularly the female portera, are part of popular culture. They have a reputation for being inquisitive and fond of gossip.