How to use
obligare, from ligare
transitive usually passive
if you are obliged to do something, you have to do it because the situation, the law, a duty etc makes it necessary
oblige somebody to do something
The minister was obliged to report at least once every six months.
Circumstances had obliged him to sell the business.
feel obliged to do something
feel that you have a duty to do something
Many parents feel obliged to pay for at least part of the wedding.
Do not use
when you are talking about making someone do something they do not want to do. Use
No one can force (NOT oblige) you to stay in a job that you hate.
intransitive and transitive
to do something that someone has asked you to do
It's always a good idea to oblige important clients.
happy/glad/ready etc to oblige
If you need a ride home, I'd be happy to oblige.
I'd be obliged if
used to make a polite request
I'd be obliged if you'd treat this matter as strictly confidential.
(I'm) much obliged (to you)
used to thank someone very politely
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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