- 1[transitive, usually passive] oblige somebody to do something to force somebody to do something, by law, because it is a duty, etc. Parents are obliged by law to send their children to school. I felt obliged to ask them to dinner. He suffered a serious injury that obliged him to give up work. Libel plaintiffs are virtually obliged to go into the witness box.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] to help somebody 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) Would you oblige me with some information? oblige somebody (by doing something) Oblige me by keeping your suspicions to yourself. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘bind by oath’): from Old French obliger, from Latin obligare, from ob-
BrE BrE//əˈblaɪdʒ//; NAmE NAmE//əˈblaɪdʒ//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they oblige
BrE BrE//əˈblaɪdʒ//; NAmE NAmE//əˈblaɪdʒ//he / she / it obliges
BrE BrE//əˈblaɪdʒɪz//; NAmE NAmE//əˈblaɪdʒɪz//past simple obliged
BrE BrE//əˈblaɪdʒd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈblaɪdʒd//past participle obliged
BrE BrE//əˈblaɪdʒd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈblaɪdʒd//-ing form obliging
BrE BrE//əˈblaɪdʒɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//əˈblaɪdʒɪŋ//