obliging

[ uh-blahy-jing ]
/ əˈblaɪ dʒɪŋ /

adjective

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

Origin of obliging

First recorded in 1630–40; oblige + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM obliging

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

Definition for obliging (2 of 2)

oblige
[ uh-blahyj ]
/ əˈblaɪdʒ /

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

OTHER WORDS FROM oblige

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH oblige

coerce compel constrain force obligeobligate oblige

synonym study for oblige

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 (1 of 2)

obliging
/ (əˈblaɪdʒɪŋ) /

adjective

ready to do favours; agreeable; kindly

Derived forms of obliging

obligingly, adverbobligingness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for obliging (2 of 2)

oblige
/ (əˈblaɪdʒ) /

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 forms of oblige

obliger, noun

Word Origin for oblige

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