verb (used with object), o·bliged, o·blig·ing.
verb (used without object), o·bliged, o·blig·ing.
Origin of oblige
Examples from the Web for oblige
The would-be pope killer loves to be in front of the cameras, and the press in Italy is happy to oblige.
The zoo is blessed with multiple wallabies and was happy to oblige.Ebola's Roots Are 50 Times Older Than Mankind. And That Could Be the Key to Stopping It.|Michael Daly|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To know the Egyptian military is to realize it will not oblige.Leslie H. Gelb on the Democracy-Elections Trap in Egypt|Leslie H. Gelb|July 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
If Republicans wanted to talk books, Elleithee said, the McAuliffe campaign should be happy to oblige.In Virginia, Terry McAuliffe’s Memoir Comes Back to Haunt Him|David Freedlander|May 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
When little Shona Ritchie plucked up the courage to ask for a peck from Prince William, the future king was happy to oblige.
What peculiar conditions are there affecting women which will oblige them to accept work on lower terms than men?Problems of Poverty|John A. Hobson
She requested me to accept it to oblige her, and I will do so.The Children of the New Forest|Captain Marryat
What have you to do to oblige him with your refusal of Mr. Solmes?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)|Samuel Richardson
Everybody is always eager to oblige a drunken man, so Ashton and Fosdick tried to get a window open to look out.Excuse Me!|Rupert Hughes
That I may oblige you to treat me like a friend, here is a small ring I beg of you to keep for my sake.Monsieur de Pourceaugnac|Molire
British Dictionary definitions for oblige
Word Origin for oblige
Word Origin and History for oblige
c.1300, "to bind by oath," from Old French obligier "engage one's faith, commit (oneself), pledge" (13c.), from Latin obligare "to bind, bind up, bandage," figuratively "put under obligation," from ob "to" (see ob-) + ligare "to bind," from PIE root *leig- "to bind" (see ligament). Main modern meaning "to make (someone) indebted by conferring a benefit or kindness" is from 1560s. Related: obliged; obliging.