- willing or eager to do favors, offer one's services, etc.; accommodating: The clerk was most obliging.
Origin of obliging
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- 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.
- to be kindly accommodating: I'll do anything within reason to oblige.
Origin of oblige
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Examples from the Web for obliging
Ever obliging, Springsteen then flexed all the right things on a paddle board.Bruce Springsteen’s Bond Moment: The Boss’ Body Beautiful at 64
July 25, 2014
Brown expressed the hope that the obliging spirit of the brunch would somehow infuse Washington as a whole.John Kerry vs. Bob Woodward
January 20, 2013
The obliging staff plugged the word “dog” into their computers and all the official citations came whirring out.The Lighter Side of Islam
May 6, 2009
He said, coolly, that he would relieve me of the duty, but I declined his obliging offer.Brave and Bold
He was as kind and obliging as it was possible to be in his circumstances.Explorations in Australia
Has finished the fourth form: is straightforward and obliging.The Boy Life of Napoleon
Then, in an obliging spirit, she called to her and offered to watch over her things.
Obliging and courageous as Habert himself was, this made him indignant.
- ready to do favours; agreeable; kindly
- (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
Word Origin and History for obliging
"willing to do service or favors," 1630s, present participle adjective from oblige. Related: Obligingly.
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.