Adjective "obliged" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Make (someone) legally or morally bound to do something.
  1. 'Under the new law, parents are obliged to register their new born babies within 60 days of their birth.'
  2. 'Christian leaders are obliged to protect their citizens, by military force if need be.'
  3. 'No soldier is obliged to obey an order contrary to the law of God.'
  4. 'In that way it was seen that the medical expenses incurred by the father could also be recovered if the father was legally obliged to pay them.'
  5. 'The reason for this exemption, according to the reasoning of the bill, is the lack of an international standard and practice obliging such persons to report suspicious operations and transactions.'
  6. 'Doctors and nurses were obliged to attend to patients so they could not be blamed for admitting the patients.'
  7. 'British law obliges a parent, once his child is registered at a school, to ensure that he attends regularly; any white parent who kept his child away for so long would undoubtedly be prosecuted and punished.'
  8. '‘I was brought up thinking work is something you are morally obliged to do,’ as one older man put it.'
  9. 'Mr Butterfield was not a blood relative of Lady Hulton, and was not a person for whom she or any other members of the Reynolds' family was morally obliged to provide.'
  10. 'This September, I am legally obliged to renew my driver's licence.'
  11. 'We are obliged to counsel for their assistance in this matter.'
  12. no object 'tell me what you want to know and I'll see if I can oblige'
  13. 'Dressed in all black and sporting a new look for his next film with Shankar, the actor was his usual calm self, meeting industry colleagues, giving quick television bytes and obliging fans with autographs.'
  14. 'They asked for Abel as a playmate and companion to begin with and Mr Davis was pleased to oblige.'
  15. 'If you don't have a boat, or prefer to make use of local expertise, there are a number of hardboat skippers who will be only too pleased to oblige.'
  16. 'Nor would the Virgin Queen oblige by naming a successor, but left her ministers to do it in defiance of English laws and at some risk to themselves.'
  17. 'Certain gestures could also serve as distress signals, obliging fellow Masons to come to the aid of a ‘Brother.’'
  18. 'The Romanians were happy to tackle all day and the Scots appeared happy to oblige by running at them for the full 80 minutes.'
  19. 'Please oblige by suggesting the proper food style, life style and other things to avoid further blocks.'
  20. '‘If you wish to embrace me, Maria, you know I will be only too pleased to oblige you,’ replied James, his voice low and teasing.'
  21. 'Sensing that the umpire didn't share his wicked sense of humour, Gibbs obliged but put his jumper on inside out, hiding his number.'
  22. 'And if there is no one to pass the umbrella on to, Mother Nature can always oblige by helping it fly off in that one strong gust of wind.'
  23. 'We fail to understand exactly where this humour lies, and would be much obliged if would care to enlighten us.'
  24. 'If you or anyone else can help me to sort out the security issues I would be much obliged.'
  25. 'I shall be much obliged if you would give me an opportunity for an interview.'
  26. 'my father had obliged me to the improvement of my stock'

More definitions

1. to require or constrain, as by law, command, conscience, or force of necessity.

2. to bind morally or legally, as by a promise or contract.

3. to place under a debt of gratitude for some benefit, favor, or service: I'm much obliged for the ride.

4. to put (one) in a debt of gratitude, as by a favor or accommodation: Mr. Weems will oblige us with a song.

5. to make (an action, policy, etc.) necessary or obligatory: Your carelessness oblige

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be obliged to people."

"places can be obliged to pays."

"people can be obliged in/at/on nights."

"people can be obliged to taxes."

"people can be obliged to replies."

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(oblige)Middle English (in the sense ‘bind by oath’): from Old French obliger, from Latin obligare, from ob- ‘towards’ + ligare ‘to bind’.