obliging

[uh-blahy-jing]

adjective

willing or eager to do favors, offer one's services, etc.; accommodating: The clerk was most obliging.

Nearby words

  1. obligatory,
  2. oblige,
  3. obliged,
  4. obligee,
  5. obligement,
  6. obligor,
  7. oblique,
  8. oblique angle,
  9. oblique circular cone,
  10. oblique circular cylinder

Origin of obliging

First recorded in 1630–40; oblige + -ing2

Related formso·blig·ing·ly, adverbo·blig·ing·ness, nounun·o·blig·ing, adjective

oblige

[uh-blahyj]

verb (used with object), o·bliged, o·blig·ing.

to require or constrain, as by law, command, conscience, or force of necessity.
to bind morally or legally, as by a promise or contract.
to place under a debt of gratitude for some benefit, favor, or service: I'm much obliged for the ride.
to put (one) in a debt of gratitude, as by a favor or accommodation: Mr. Weems will oblige us with a song.
to make (an action, policy, etc.) necessary or obligatory: Your carelessness obliges firmness on my part.

verb (used without object), o·bliged, o·blig·ing.

to be kindly accommodating: I'll do anything within reason to oblige.

Origin of oblige

1250–1300; Middle English obligen < Old French obligier < Latin obligāre to bind. See obligate

Related forms
Can be confusedcoerce compel constrain force obligeobligate oblige

Synonym study

4. Oblige, accommodate imply making a gracious and welcome gesture of some kind. Oblige emphasizes the idea of conferring a favor or benefit (and often of taking some trouble to do it): to oblige someone with a loan. Accommodate emphasizes doing a service or furnishing a convenience: to accommodate someone with lodgings and meals.

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British Dictionary definitions for obliging

obliging

adjective

ready to do favours; agreeable; kindly
Derived Formsobligingly, adverbobligingness, noun

oblige

verb

(tr; often passive) to bind or constrain (someone to do something) by legal, moral, or physical means
(tr; usually passive) to make indebted or grateful (to someone) by doing a favour or servicewe are obliged to you for dinner
to do a service or favour to (someone)she obliged the guest with a song
Derived Formsobliger, noun

Word Origin for oblige

C13: from Old French obliger, from Latin obligāre, from ob- to, towards + ligāre to bind

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