oblig·​ing | \ ə-ˈblī-jiŋ How to pronounce obliging (audio) \

Definition of obliging

: willing to do favors : helpful

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Other Words from obliging

obligingly adverb
obligingness noun

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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

Examples of obliging in a Sentence

An obliging passerby helped her with her packages. an obliging concierge used her pull to get us reservations at the town's hottest restaurant

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New York City, after all, can be a most obliging co-star to its population of unwitting actors, who are always putting on a show. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘Behind the City’ Immerses You in New York and Yourself," 19 June 2018 Langford will keep obliging and tickets will keep selling. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "As Indiana All-Stars open practice, a look at what's to come for IU basketball," 5 June 2018 Down the road is the Turnagain Arm Pit, which offers an obliging deck for summer-time sipping and some pretty solid barbecue. Anchorage Daily News, "Out-of-town guests? Here’s where to take them to eat around Anchorage.," 31 May 2018 Russia adopted counter-terrorism legislation in 2016 obliging communications companies to store call logs and data for months, and to store it in local servers instead of abroad. Washington Post, "Russian court: Telegram app must cooperate with spy agency," 20 Mar. 2018 Gilles, meanwhile, settles into the role of the obliging patriarch who’s hot or warm as needed. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Review: A Man and a Woman (and Another Woman) in ‘Lover for a Day’," 11 Jan. 2018 Meanwhile, Apple's iTunes service remains a godawful mess and the company's obliging customers to buy external accessories (in the form of ear buds and dongles) takes some of the delight out of an iPhone purchase. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Are We Ready for a $1,000 iPhone?," 1 Sep. 2017 Any obliging picnic table along the way will offer the same incredible view. Alaska Dispatch News, "Dining review: Big plans (and big views) at small eatery Froth & Forage on the Seward Highway," 16 Aug. 2017 These are surely disorienting times for Donald Trump, who has endured endless controversy over his steadfast commitment to more obliging relations with Vladimir Putin. Isobel Thompson, The Hive, "Trump’s Ignorance Is Fueling a Massive Geopolitical Crisis," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of obliging

1632, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for obliging

from present participle of oblige

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English Language Learners Definition of obliging

: willing to help : helpful in a friendly way


oblig·​ing | \ ə-ˈblī-jiŋ\

Kids Definition of obliging

: willing to do favors

Other Words from obliging

obligingly adverb

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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