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Definition 1: bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted - [verb of communication]

Samples where oblige or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for oblige in the sense of this definition

(oblige is a kind of ...) have or establish a relationship to

"She relates well to her peers"

(... is a kind of oblige ) bind or secure by a pledge

"I was pledged to silence"

(... is a kind of oblige ) bind by a contract; especially for a training period

(... is a kind of oblige ) bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant

"an indentured servant"

(... is a kind of oblige ) restrain from independence by an obligation

"He was tied down by his work"

Definition 2: provide a service or favor for someone - [verb of communication]

Samples where oblige or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We had to oblige him

Synonyms for oblige in the sense of this definition

(oblige is a kind of ...) act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes

"He complied with my instructions" "You must comply or else!" "Follow these simple rules" "abide by the rules"

Samples where oblige or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We compel all students to fill out this form

Synonyms for oblige in the sense of this definition

(oblige is a kind of ...) cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner

"The ads induced me to buy a VCR" "My children finally got me to buy a computer" "My wife made me buy a new sofa"

(... is a kind of oblige ) impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably

"She forced her diet fads on him"

(... is a kind of oblige ) ensure observance of laws and rules

"Apply the rules to everyone"

(... is a kind of oblige ) compel through a sense of shame

"She shamed him into making amends"

(... is a kind of oblige ) compel or force into a particular state or activity

"His devotion to his sick wife condemned him to a lonely existence"

(... is a kind of oblige ) compel someone to do something by insistent clamoring

"They clamored the mayor into building a new park"

(... is a kind of oblige ) to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means

"She forced him to take a job in the city" "He squeezed her for information"

(... is a kind of oblige ) make walk

"He walks the horse up the mountain" "Walk the dog twice a day"

(... is a kind of oblige ) compel to behave in a certain way

"Social relations impose courtesy" "duty constrains one to act often contrary to one's desires or inclinations"

(oblige causes ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

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