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obliging

adjective

Simple Definition of obliging

  • : willing to help : helpful in a friendly way

Full Definition of obliging

  1. :  willing to do favors :  helpful

oblig·ing·ly play \-jiŋ-lē\ adverb
oblig·ing·ness noun

Examples of obliging

  1. An obliging passerby helped her with her packages.

  2. <an obliging concierge used her pull to get us reservations at the town's hottest restaurant>



1632

First Known Use of obliging

1632

Synonym Discussion of obliging

amiable, good-natured, obliging, complaisant mean having the desire or disposition to please. amiable implies having qualities that make one liked and easy to deal with <an amiable teacher not easily annoyed>. good-natured implies cheerfulness or helpfulness and sometimes a willingness to be imposed upon <a good-natured girl who was always willing to pitch in>. obliging stresses a friendly readiness to be helpful <our obliging innkeeper found us a bigger room>. complaisant often implies passivity or a yielding to others because of weakness <was too complaisant to protest a decision he thought unfair>.

OBLIGING Defined for Kids

obliging

adjective oblig·ing \ə-ˈblī-jiŋ\

Definition of obliging

  1. :  willing to do favors

oblig·ing·ly adverb




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