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obliged

adjective [after verb] uk   /əˈblaɪdʒd/ (US or UK formal also obligated) us  

obliged adjective [after verb] (FORCED)

be, feel, etc. obliged B2 [+ to infinitive] to be forced to do something or feel that you must do something: Doctors are legally obliged to take certain precautions. She feels obliged to be nice to Jack because he's her boss.

obliged adjective [after verb] (GRATEFUL)

(be) much obliged formal used to thank someone and say that you are grateful: "Here's the information you requested." "Oh, (I'm) much obliged (to you)." be obliged if formal used to ask someone politely to do something: I'd be obliged if you would complete and return the form as soon as possible.
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