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oblige

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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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twist one's arm

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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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