Definitions

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  • adj. Under an obligation to do something for someone.
  • adj. Indebted because of a favor done.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of oblige.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. under a moral obligation to do something

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Examples

  • He wished his old aunt Crumpe, he said, to live and enjoy all she had as long as she could; and if she chose to leave it to him after her death, well and good; he should be much obliged to her: if she did not, why well and good; he should not _be obliged_ to be obliged to her: and that, to his humour, would perhaps be better still.

    Tales and Novels — Volume 02

  • Last night when the vertigo-induced nausea was making it hard to sleep, the brain obliged by writing a big chunk of [cue ominous pipe organ music here] the dreaded synopsis.

    Barnstorming on an Invisible Segway

  • I am obliged always to use the English word 'Grace' in two senses, but remember that the Greek [Greek: charis] includes them both (the bestowing, that is to say, of Beauty and Mercy); and especially it includes these in the passage of Pindar's first ode, which gives us the key to the right interpretation of the power of sculpture in Greece.

    Aratra Pentelici, Seven Lectures on the Elements of Sculpture Given before the University of Oxford in Michaelmas Term, 1870

  • I am obliged always to use the English word "Grace" in two senses, but remember that the Greek [Greek: charis] includes them both (the bestowing, that is to say of Beauty and Mercy); and especially it includes these in the passage of Pindar's first ode, which gives us the key to the right interpretation of the power of sculpture in Greece.

    The Crown of Wild Olive also Munera Pulveris; Pre-Raphaelitism; Aratra Pentelici; The Ethics of the Dust; Fiction, Fair and Foul; The Elements of Drawing

  • We rested that night on the south side of a hill, which the wind had partly denuded of snow, leaving here and there spots quite divested of it; but found neither grass nor water, both of which were greatly needed, and but scant supply of sage (wormwood) which we were obliged from the absence of every other, to use as a substitute for fuel.

    Life in the Rocky Mountains

  • You cannot: you are obliged to keep the French word; and yet you take for granted, without inquiry, that in the word 'witchcraft,' and in the word

    Theological Essays and Other Papers — Volume 1

  • We are therefore obliged to adopt the French words themselves as well as we can to our own idiom, with some variations for the sake of euphony and analogy, as far as these can be obtained.

    The Institutes of Justinian

  • Yet here he was, with half a hundred communications to dictate in Greek, obliged to dictate in Latin with curt instructions to his secretaries to make their own translations.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • But he ventured it, because God's word obliged him to do it.

    Life of Martin Luther

  • 'Lord Hollingford ought to have been with us,' she said, amongst other things; 'but he is obliged, or fancies himself obliged, which is all the same thing, to stay in town about this Crichton legacy!'

    Wives and Daughters

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