verb (used with object), obliged, obliging.
to require or constrain, as by law, command, conscience, or force of necessity.
to bind morally or legally, as by a promise or contract.
to place under a debt of gratitude for some benefit, favor, or service: I'm much obliged for the ride.
to put (one) in a debt of gratitude, as by a favor or accommodation: Mr. Weems will oblige us with a song.
to make (an action, policy, etc.) necessary or obligatory: Your carelessness obliges firmness on my part.
verb (used without object), obliged, obliging.
to be kindly accommodating: I'll do anything within reason to oblige.

1250–1300; Middle English obligen < Old French obligier < Latin obligāre to bind. See obligate

obligedly [uh-blahy-jid-lee] , adverb
obligedness, noun
obliger, noun
preoblige, verb (used with object), preobliged, preobliging.
reoblige, verb (used with object), reobliged, reobliging.
unobliged, adjective

1. coerce, compel, constrain, force, oblige (see synonym study at the current entry) ; 2. obligate, oblige.

1. compel, force. 2. obligate. 4. Oblige, accommodate imply making a gracious and welcome gesture of some kind. Oblige emphasizes the idea of conferring a favor or benefit (and often of taking some trouble to do it): to oblige someone with a loan. Accommodate emphasizes doing a service or furnishing a convenience: to accommodate someone with lodgings and meals.
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oblige (əˈblaɪdʒ)
1.  (tr; often passive) to bind or constrain (someone to do something) by legal, moral, or physical means
2.  (tr; usually passive) to make indebted or grateful (to someone) by doing a favour or service: we are obliged to you for dinner
3.  to do a service or favour to (someone): she obliged the guest with a song
[C13: from Old French obliger, from Latin obligāre, from ob- to, towards + ligāre to bind]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "to bind by oath," from O.Fr. obligier, from L. obligare, from ob "to" + ligare "to bind," from PIE base *leig- "to bind" (see ligament). Main modern meaning "to make (someone) indebted by conferring a benefit or kindness" is from 1560s.
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Example sentences
Until some evidence arrives, the pursuit of truth through science obliges us to
  entertain multiple hypotheses.
The current tenure system obliges us all to be producers of those things, but
  there are no consumers.
She cheerfully obliges, telling the visitors that the craters are old
  features-probably not dangerous right now.
On account of the intimate relation of dream fear to neurotic fear, discussion
  of the former obliges me to refer to the latter.
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