: willing to help : helpful in a friendly way

Full Definition of OBLIGING

:  willing to do favors :  helpful
oblig·ing·ly \-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>

First Known Use of OBLIGING


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>.
OBLIGINGNESS Defined for Kids


adjective oblig·ing \ə-ˈblī-jiŋ\

Definition of OBLIGING for Kids

:  willing to do favors
oblig·ing·ly adverb


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