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1 to do a service or favor for
  • I would appreciate it greatly if you could oblige me by bringing a dessert to the party

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2 to cause (a person) to give in to pressure
  • I know you're in a hurry, but you can't oblige me to drive any faster than the speed limit

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force, compel, coerce, constrain, oblige mean to make someone or something yield. force is the general term and implies the overcoming of resistance by the exertion of strength, power, or duress. forced to flee for their lives compel typically suggests overcoming of resistance or unwillingness by an irresistible force. compelled to admit my mistake coerce suggests overcoming resistance or unwillingness by actual or threatened violence or pressure. coerced into signing over the rights constrain suggests the effect of a force or circumstance that limits freedom of action or choice. constrained by conscience oblige implies the constraint of necessity, law, or duty. felt obliged to go

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The first known use of oblige was in the 14th century

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“Oblige.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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