verb (used with object), o·bliged, o·blig·ing.
verb (used without object), o·bliged, o·blig·ing.
Origin of oblige
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Historical Examples of obliger
And will she not think herself the obliged, rather than the obliger?Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9)
Word Origin 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.