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Definition of oblige verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they oblige
    he / she / it obliges
    past simple obliged
    -ing form obliging
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  1. 1[transitive, usually passive] oblige somebody to do something to force someone to do something, because it is a duty, etc. Parents are obliged by law to send their children to school. Ifelt obliged to ask them to dinner. He suffered a serious injury that obliged him to give up work.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to help someone by doing what they ask or what you know they want Call me if you need any help—I'd be happy to oblige. oblige somebody (with something) (formal) Would you oblige me with some information? oblige somebody (by doing something) Oblige me by keeping your suspicions to yourself.
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