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 obliges
If the DEA obliges, they may soon be hitting the farming lottery.
It also obliges Palestinians to refrain from attacking Israeli military patrols along the Gaza border.
We start making conversation and she obliges, but then something in the distance catches her eye.Oscars 2011: Red Carpet and Vanity Fair Party Photos|Jacob Bernstein|February 27, 2011|DAILY BEAST
But testimony, of no less authority, obliges us to believe directly the reverse.The Betrothed|Alessandro Manzoni
All of that obliges the said city of Manila and its other islands to be more watchful and to maintain larger forces and supplies.
The required accent often obliges the performer to employ a different fingering.Great Pianists on Piano Playing|James Francis Cooke
I have loved you well; but I have a certain perspicacity, legal perhaps, which obliges me to see that I do not please you.The Alkahest|Honore de Balzac
What urgent affair have you, replied Noureddin, that obliges you to be going?The Arabian Nights, Volume III (of 4)|Anonymous
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.