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Meaning & Definition of Oblige in English

English

Oblige

/əblaɪʤ/

verb

1. Force somebody to do something

  • "We compel all students to fill out this form"
    synonym:
  • compel
  • ,
  • oblige
  • ,
  • obligate

2. Bind by an obligation

  • Cause to be indebted
  • "He's held by a contract"
  • "I'll hold you by your promise"
    synonym:
  • oblige
  • ,
  • bind
  • ,
  • hold
  • ,
  • obligate

3. Provide a service or favor for someone

  • "We had to oblige him"
    synonym:
  • oblige
  • ,
  • accommodate

Examples of using

If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.