OTHER WORDS FROM obligingo·blig·ing·ly, adverbo·blig·ing·ness, nounun·o·blig·ing, adjective
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What does obliging mean?
Obliging is used to describe someone who is willing or eager to politely do things for others, such as performing favors or services for them, as in a most obliging host.
It can also describe such a person’s actions, as in We appreciate your obliging service. A close synonym is accommodating.
The word comes from the verb oblige, which commonly means to politely do something for someone, as in He’s the kind of person who’s happy to oblige no matter what the request is.
Example: You’ve been so obliging—we can’t thank you enough for all your hospitality.
Where does obliging come from?
The first records of the word obliging as an adjective come from the 1630s. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb obligāre, meaning “to bind.”
When the verb oblige means “to accommodate,” it often implies that doing so requires some amount of effort by or trouble for the person making such accommodations. Describing someone as obliging often means that they go out of their way to help or serve, and that they do it all the time.
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- oblige (verb)
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How is obliging used in real life?
Obliging can sound quite formal, especially compared to synonyms like accommodating or hospitable.
Just like to say how wonderful NHS Highland IT Support Team are. Always so obliging and patient! Much appreciated. Thank you!
— sarah jane mcleod💙 (@Mcleod2Sarah) November 1, 2016
Had a fantastic day in Sydney today. Very grateful to our extremely obliging host. What a tiring day.
— Peggy Chow (@taurusox) March 17, 2012
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How to use obliging in a sentence
Modi has used these levers to turn some of the biggest names in India’s news industry from barking watchdogs into obliging poodles.It Isn't Just Modi. India’s Compliant Media Must Also Take Responsibility for the COVID-19 Crisis|Debasish Roy Chowdhury|May 3, 2021|Time
Ever obliging, Springsteen then flexed all the right things on a paddle board.Bruce Springsteen’s Bond Moment: The Boss’ Body Beautiful at 64|Tim Teeman|July 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the three-hour-mark, the hitherto obliging Lanzmann finally becomes irritated.Confessions of a Death Camp Collaborator: Claude Lanzmann’s ‘The Last of the Unjust’|Jimmy So|February 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Brown expressed the hope that the obliging spirit of the brunch would somehow infuse Washington as a whole.
One of the salesmen obliging pulled out a .380 for me from its packaging and held it out.
The obliging staff plugged the word “dog” into their computers and all the official citations came whirring out.
You were obliging enough to ask me to accept a presentation copy of your verses.
Mr. Wauchop has proved himself a most obliging member of the staff.Report of the Chief Librarian for the Year 1924-25|General Assembly Library (New Zealand)
I felt quite sure that Mr Lockhart would find her, he is such an obliging and amiable man, as well as clever.The Garret and the Garden|R.M. Ballantyne
Singularly courteous and obliging on all occasions, I, personally, have been much indebted to him for help and advice.
This victimizing of some obliging guest is only too common, but no true lady will ever be guilty of such rudeness.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley