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Definition of Oblige


  1. To attach, as by a bond.
  2. To constrain by physical, moral, or legal force; to put under obligation to do or forbear something.
  3. To bind by some favor rendered; to place under a debt; hence, to do a favor to; to please; to gratify; to accommodate.

Oblige Quotations

In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.
Alexander Hamilton

It is another's fault if he be ungrateful, but it is mine if I do not give. To find one thankful man, I will oblige a great many that are not so.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

There is nothing in machinery, there is nothing in embankments and railways and iron bridges and engineering devices to oblige them to be ugly. Ugliness is the measure of imperfection.
H. G. Wells

A prisoner in the Inquisition is never allowed to see the face of his accuser, or of the witnesses against him, but every method is taken by threats and tortures, to oblige him to accuse himself, and by that means corroborate their evidence.
John Foxe

We cannot always oblige; but we can always speak obligingly.
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Oblige Translations

oblige in French is obligent, obligeons, obligez
oblige in German is verpflichten
oblige in Italian is obbligare, obbligare
oblige in Latin is adstringo, commodo
oblige in Spanish is constre ir, vincular, obligar, compeler
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