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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb O*blige"
  1. To attach, as by a bond.(Obs)"He had obliged all the senators and magistrates firmly to himself." [Bacon.]
  2. To constrain by physical, moral, or legal force; to put under obligation to do or forbear something."The obliging power of the law is neither founded in, nor to be measured by, the rewards and punishments annexed to it." [South.]"Religion obliges men to the practice of those virtues which conduce to the preservation of our health." [Tillotson.]
  3. To bind by some favor rendered; to place under a debt; hence, to do a favor to; to please; to gratify; to accommodate."Thus man, by his own strength, to heaven would soar, And would not be obliged to God for more." [Dryden.]"The gates before it are brass, and the whole much obliged to Pope Urban VIII." [Evelyn.]"I shall be more obliged to you than I can express." [Mrs. E. Montagu.]

Etymology: OF. obligier, F. obliger, L. obligare; obsee Ob-) + ligare to bind. See Ligament, and cf. Obligate

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  1. Bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted
  2. Provide a service or favor for someone ("We had to oblige him")
  3. Force somebody to do something

Borrowed from Old French obliger, from Latin obligo, obligare, from ob- + ligo. Doublet of obligate, taken straight from Latin.

oblige was also found in the following language(s): French

Fun Facts about the name Oblige

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Past life for Oblige born Dec 21, 2004

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Thailand approximately on 400. Your profession was jeweler and watch-maker.

As an inquisitive and inventive person, you liked to get to the very bottom of things and to rummage in books. Talent for drama, natural born actor. There is the invisible connection between material and spiritual world. Your lesson - to search, to find and to use this bridge.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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