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Meaning of “obligation” in the English Dictionary

"obligation" in British English

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obligationnoun

uk   /ˌɒb.lɪˈɡeɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌɑː.blə-/
B2 [C or U] the ​fact that you are ​obliged to do something: [+ to infinitive] If you have not ​signed a ​contract, you are under no obligation to (= it is not ​necessary to)pay them any ​money. You have a legal obligation to (= the ​law says you must)ensureyourchildreceives an ​education. [C] something that you must do: I don't have ​time to do his ​work for him - I have too many obligations as it is.

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(Definition of obligation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"obligation" in American English

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obligationnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˌɑb·ləˈɡeɪ·ʃən/
something that a ​personfeelsmorally or ​legallyforced to do: [C] The ​government has an obligation to ​assistreliefefforts. [U] You can just ​look – you’re under no obligation to ​buy.
(Definition of obligation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"obligation" in Business English

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obligationnoun

uk   us   /ˌɒblɪˈɡeɪʃən/ LAW
[C or U] a ​legal or moral ​duty to do something: a legal/moral obligationan obligation to do sth There is a ​legal obligation to ​publishaccounts. We have an obligation to ​generatevalue for our ​shareholders.an obligation to sb Under ​bankruptcylaw, the ​company has an obligation to ​creditors.be under (an) obligation You are under no obligation to ​acceptdamagedgoods.
obligations [plural] things that you must do or ​pay because of a ​law, ​rule, ​agreement, etc.: impose/place obligations on sb The ​lawimposescertain obligations on ​publicauthorities.fulfil/meet your obligations He has ​fulfilled the obligations of his ​currentcontract.contractual/financial/statutory obligations Failure to ​meetcontractual obligations may ​result in ​legalaction.
without obligation COMMERCE, LAW used to say that someone can ​look at or ​try a ​product or ​service without having to ​buy it: Auction ​houses will usually ​examine and ​place a ​price on your ​item without obligation. This ​mortgageadvice is completely ​free and without obligation.
(Definition of obligation from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “obligation”
in Arabic واجِب, التِزام…
in Korean 의무…
in Portuguese obrigação…
in Catalan obligació…
in Japanese 義務…
in Chinese (Simplified) 义务, 责任, 职责…
in Turkish yükümlülük, mecburiyet, görev…
in Russian обязанность, долг…
in Chinese (Traditional) 義務, 責任, 職責…
in Italian obbligo, dovere…
in Polish obowiązek…
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