obliging

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adjective oblig·ing \ə-ˈblī-jiŋ\

Definition of obliging

  1. :  willing to do favors :  helpful

obligingly

adverb

obligingness

noun

Examples of obliging in a Sentence

  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

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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 English Language Learners

obliging

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adjective

Definition of obliging for English Language Learners

  • : willing to help : helpful in a friendly way


OBLIGING Defined for Kids

obliging

adjective oblig·ing \ə-ˈblī-jiŋ\

Definition of obliging for Students

  1. :  willing to do favors

obligingly

adverb


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