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oblige

verb uk   us   /əˈblaɪdʒ/

oblige verb (FORCE)

[T + obj + to infinitive ] (US or UK formal also obligate) to force someone to do something, or to make it necessary for someone to do something: The law obliges companies to pay decent wages to their employees. Sellers are not legally obliged to accept the highest offer.

oblige verb (HELP)

C1 [I or T] to please or help someone, especially by doing something they have asked you to do: We only went to the party to oblige some old friends who especially asked us to be there. We needed a guide and he was only too happy to oblige.
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