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Dictionary definition of oblige

To require or compel someone to do something, often due to a sense of duty, moral obligation, or a formal agreement.
"When she couldn’t open the jar, I was happy to oblige by loosening the lid for her."

Detailed meaning of oblige

When one obliges someone, they willingly or reluctantly fulfill a request, meet a demand, or comply with an expectation. It implies a sense of responsibility or indebtedness to another person or a set of circumstances. To oblige someone means to accommodate their needs or desires, to assist or help them, or to fulfill an obligation or commitment. This action can range from simple acts of courtesy to more significant actions that involve sacrifices or going out of one's way to meet someone's expectations. Obliging others often stems from a sense of goodwill, social norms, or personal values that prioritize the well-being and satisfaction of others.

Example sentences containing oblige

1. His strong sense of duty obliges him to care for his aging parents.
2. The contract they signed will obligate them to complete the project on time.
3. Social etiquette obliges us to extend an invitation to our new neighbors.
4. The law may obligate the company to compensate the injured workers.
5. Our moral principles oblige us to stand up against injustice and inequality.
6. The terms and conditions of the loan will oblige you to pay interest.

History and etymology of oblige

The verb 'oblige' has its etymological origins in the Latin word 'obligare,' which combines 'ob,' meaning 'toward' or 'in the direction of,' and 'ligare,' meaning 'to bind' or 'to tie.' Therefore, the etymology of 'oblige' conveys the idea of binding or tying someone toward a particular action, often due to a sense of duty, moral obligation, or a formal agreement. When we say someone is obliged to do something, it signifies that they are required or compelled, as if bound by a contract or a sense of responsibility, to carry out a specific task or fulfill a particular request. This term reflects its Latin roots in the concept of binding or tying someone to an action or commitment.

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Further usage examples of oblige

1. Professional ethics obliges doctors to prioritize patient well-being.
2. A promise made in good faith should oblige us to keep our word.
3. Friendship obligates us to offer support in times of need.
4. Religious beliefs often oblige adherents to attend weekly services.
5. The oath of allegiance will oblige them to defend their country.
6. Personal responsibility obligates us to reduce our carbon footprint.
7. International treaties can oblige nations to maintain peace.
8. Parenthood obliges us to provide a nurturing and safe environment.
9. The company's policies oblige employees to report any unethical behavior.
10. A sense of duty may obligate you to take on extra responsibilities.
11. Legal contracts oblige both parties to fulfill their obligations.
12. Gratitude obliges us to express appreciation for acts of kindness.
13. Honesty and integrity should oblige us to admit our mistakes.
14. The rules of the competition oblige participants to follow fair play.
15. Please oblige me by passing the salt.
16. He will oblige us with a song at the party tonight.
17. The library will oblige patrons with extended hours during exam weeks.
18. To keep the garden flourishing, nature must oblige with both sunshine and rain.
19. If you need any advice, I’ll be glad to oblige.
20. She requested a tour of the city, and her friend was eager to oblige.
21. The restaurant will oblige customers by offering a gluten-free menu.
22. I asked him to keep my secret, and he promised to oblige.
23. If you oblige me with this favor, I will be forever grateful.
24. Can you oblige my request for a vegetarian meal?
25. The airline decided to oblige passengers by adding more legroom to their seats.
26. Please oblige us with your presence at our wedding.
27. The town council will oblige residents by creating a new park.
28. He asked if the chef could oblige him with a special dish, and the chef happily agreed.



compel, release, exempt, free


Commitment and Responsibility, Middle School 11, Compliance and Submission

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