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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

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

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

In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.
James Madison

To oblige persons often costs little and helps much.
Baltasar Gracian

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
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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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