Essential Meaning of oblige
1 : to force or require (someone or something) to do something because of a law or rule or because it is necessary The law obliges the government to release certain documents to the public. Her job obliges her to work overtime and on weekends.
2 : to do something that someone has asked you to do : to do a favor for (someone) She's always ready to oblige her friends. "Thank you for your help." "I'm happy/glad to oblige." They asked for food and he obliged with soup and sandwiches.
Full Definition of oblige
1 : to constrain by physical, moral, or legal force or by the exigencies of circumstance obliged to find a job felt obliged to share it with her
2a : to put in one's debt by a favor or service We are much obliged for your help.
b : to do a favor for always ready to oblige a friend
: to do something as or as if as a favor When he was asked for advice, he obliged.
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