HyperDic: oblige

English > 3 senses of the word oblige:
VERBsocialoblige, compel, obligateforce somebody to do something
communicationoblige, bind, hold, obligatebind by an obligation / obligation
communicationoblige, accommodateprovide a service or favor for someone
oblige > pronunciation
English > oblige: 3 senses > verb 1, social
MeaningForce somebody to do something.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE
ModelThey oblige him to write the letter
Synonymscompel, obligate
Cause toact, movePerform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
Narrowerclamorcompel someone to do something by insistent clamoring
coerce, hale, squeeze, pressure, forceTo cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means
condemncompel or force into a particular state or activity
enforce, implement, applyensure observance of laws and rules
enforce, impose, constraincompel to behave in a certain way
force, thrustimpose urgently, importunately, or inexorably
shamecompel through a sense of shame
walkmake walk
Broaderinduce, stimulate, cause, have, get, makeCause to do
Spanishcompeler, compelir, forzar, imponer, obligar
Catalancompel·lir, obligar
Nounsobligationthe social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force
English > oblige: 3 senses > verb 2, communication
MeaningBind by an obligation / obligation; cause to be indebted.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody; Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE
Synonymsbind, hold, obligate
NarrowerarticleBind by a contract
indenture, indentBind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant
pledgeBind or secure by a pledge
tie downrestrain from independence by an obligation / obligation
BroaderrelateHave or establish a relationship to
Nounsobligationa legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply
English > oblige: 3 senses > verb 3, communication
MeaningProvide a service or favor for someone.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody
Example"We had to oblige him"
Broadercomply, follow, abide byAct in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes
Oppositedisobligeignore someone's wishes / wishes
Nounsobligationa personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor
obligersomeone who performs a service or does a favor

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