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OBLIGE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does oblige mean? 

OBLIGE (verb)
  The verb OBLIGE has 3 senses:

1. force or compel somebody to do something
2. bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted
3. provide a service or favor for someone

  Familiarity information: OBLIGE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


OBLIGE (verb)


Sense 1oblige [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Force or compel somebody to do something

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

compel; obligate; oblige

Context example:

We compel all students to fill out this form

Hypernyms (to "oblige" is one way to...):

cause; get; have; induce; make; stimulate (cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner)

Cause:

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "oblige"):

apply; enforce; implement (ensure observance of laws and rules)

shame (compel through a sense of shame)

condemn (compel or force into a particular state or activity)

clamor (compel someone to do something by insistent clamoring)

coerce; force; hale; pressure; squeeze (to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :)

walk (make walk)

force; thrust (impose or thrust urgently, importunately, or inexorably)

enforce; impose (compel to behave in a certain way)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They oblige him to write the letter


Sense 2oblige [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

oblige; obligate; bind; hold

Context examples:

He's held by a contract / I'll hold you by your promise

Hypernyms (to "oblige" is one way to...):

relate (have or establish a relationship to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "oblige"):

pledge (bind or secure by a pledge)

article (bind by a contract; especially for a training period)

indent; indenture (bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant)

tie down (restrain from independence by an obligation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Sense 3oblige [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Provide a service or favor for someone

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

oblige; accommodate

Context example:

We had to oblige him

Hypernyms (to "oblige" is one way to...):

abide by; comply; follow (act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Antonym:

disoblige (ignore someone's wishes)


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