verb (used with object), o·bliged, o·blig·ing.
verb (used without object), o·bliged, o·blig·ing.
- obligational authority,
Origin of oblige
Examples from the Web for obliged
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.
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|DAILY BEAST
Now that we have gotten over these multifarious horribles, we are obliged to ponder the bigger picture.
Rather than helplessly obeying the dictates of management, workers are obliged to do what union bosses tell them.
Pending further inquiry they were obliged to wait the conclusion of the expressman's humorous recital.
He had done that which most of the clergy are obliged to do—taken a pupil.The Wits and Beaux of Society|Grace & Philip Wharton
But these moments when she was obliged to defend him to herself were always when he was not with her.The Coast of Chance|Esther Chamberlain
In the exercise of this function every conscientious member is obliged continually to vote money for purposes which he dislikes.The Map of Life|William Edward Hartpole Lecky
In the midst of my concentrated rage, I was obliged to advance and embrace her, and there was an end of happiness for the day.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)|Maria Edgeworth
Word Origin for oblige
c.1600, past participle adjective from oblige. To be obliged "be bound by ties of gratitude" is from 1540s.
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.