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English definition of “oblige”


verb [T] (FORCE)   /əˈblɑɪdʒ/ fml
to force or make it expected for someone to do something: Circumstances obliged him to leave town. obliged    /əˈblɑɪdʒd/ adjective [+ to infinitive] He was obliged to call the nurse to help him up again.
(Definition of oblige verb (FORCE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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