bound by duty, ethics, or politeness:You can bring something to share at the picnic, but please don't feel obliged.
forced by law, regulation, or necessity:All students are obliged to participate in an internship program.
appreciative or grateful:If you could shed some light on this mystery, I'd be obliged.
the simple past tense and past participle of oblige.
Idioms about obliged
(very) much obliged, thank you (very much):Much obliged for your efforts!
- o·blig·ed·ly [uh-blahy-jid-lee], /əˈblaɪ dʒɪd li/, adverb
- o·blig·ed·ness, noun
- un·o·bliged, adjective
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How to use obliged in a sentence
Because our time on earth is so limited, it’s absurd to try to spend it doing everything you’d dreamed of, or all you feel obliged to do.Everyone Procrastinates. Here's How to Accomplish What Matters Most to You | Oliver Burkeman | August 31, 2021 | Time
“There is a very, very cautious approach not to oblige people to get vaccinated,” says Emmanuel Rivière, director general in France of the polling agency Kantar Public.France’s vaunted health system fails its greatest test in generations: The COVID-19 vaccine rollout | Vivienne Walt | January 4, 2021 | Fortune
None of the countries involved wanted to open the door to being obliged to take climate migrants in, Burke told me.The Big Thaw: How Russia Could Dominate a Warming World | by Abrahm Lustgarten, photography by Sergey Ponomarev | December 16, 2020 | ProPublica
A critic can follow his or her own whim, from thing to thing, enthusiasm to enthusiasm, no longer obliged to pass judgment on things that aren’t of interest.Transformed by crisis, arts criticism may never be the same. And that’s a good thing. | Philip Kennicott | November 29, 2020 | Washington Post
I asked Andy if I could take a jar of them back home to Los Angeles, and he obliged.
There were times when he seemed to feel obliged to tell Alfred Hitchcock stories.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There, so taken, caught in the act, flat-footed, we are obliged to make our stand.
After each session, she would sit with those who obliged and speak to them about their past, problems and desires.
She claimed he proceeded to ask for the same, to which she happily obliged.
No soldier is obliged to obey a law contrary to the law of God.Why Pope Francis Wants to Declare Murdered Archbishop Romero a Saint | Christopher Dickey | August 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I suppose he is sick of the sound of them, or perhaps it is because he feels obliged to be conscientious in teaching Beethoven!Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
The unhappy applicant was naturally obliged to temporarily retire from the game, at all events for that night.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
At the latter date all artists were obliged to vacate the Sorbonne ateliers to make room for some new department of instruction.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D. | Clara Erskine Clement
And when he answered it, he was obliged to acknowledge that she had made upon his nature a definite impression.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
That is the reason I feel obliged to return—if Mac is no longer able—or willing—to get up at night.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton