Oblige is to do something that you are supposed to do. Sometimes oblige is used to mean to do something that is not very pleasant.

  • I'm going to have to oblige you by leaving.

  • I was going to oblige you by cleaning up the kitchen, but now I don't have the time.

Definition of oblige


force somebody to do something


compel, obligate


provide a service or favor for someone




bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted


bind, hold, obligate

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Example Sentences for oblige

  • 1

    The distinguishing obligation of a fiduciary is the obligation of loyalty.

  • 2

    The obligation is to live by the policies.

  • 3

    It is the obligation of the editor to avoid plagiarism.

  • 4

    Obligation of eliciting the act of contrition.

  • 5

    Privileges and obligations are associated with the trinket.

  • 6

    He is not obligated to reply in the slightest.

  • 7

    The lawspeaker was obliged to memorize the law.

  • 8

    The viscount was obliged to decline the appointment.

  • 9

    This is the obligation to respect and love the other.

  • 10

    Bayoumi is a devout Muslim, obliging and gregarious.