oblige Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"oblige" in British English

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obligeverb

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 topaydecentwages to ​theiremployees. The ​law does not obligate ​sellers to ​accept the ​highestoffer.

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 ​oldfriends who ​asked us to be there. We ​needed a ​guide and he was only too happy to oblige.
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(Definition of oblige from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"oblige" in American English

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obligeverb

 us   /əˈblɑɪdʒ/

oblige verb (FORCE)

[T] fml to ​force or make it ​expected for someone to do something: Circumstances obliged him to ​leavetown.

oblige verb (HELP)

[I/T] to ​please or ​help someone, esp. by doing something the ​person has ​asked you to do: [I] We ​needed a ​guide and he was only too ​happy to oblige.
obliged
adjective  us   /əˈblɑɪdʒd/
[+ to infinitive] He was obliged to ​call the ​nurse to ​help him up again.
(Definition of oblige from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"oblige" in Business English

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obligeverb

uk   us   /əˈblaɪdʒ/
[T] LAW to ​force someone to do something, or to make it necessary for someone to do something: be obliged to do sth Employers are obliged to ​payemployeessickpay. Sellers are not legally obliged to ​accept the ​highestoffer. Companies are obliged by ​law to ​carry out ​regularsafetychecks. a law/treaty/agreement obliges sth The ​law obliges ​fulldisclosure of ​politicalcontributions.
[I or T] to please or ​help someone, especially by doing something they have ​asked you to do: He went to the ​conference to oblige his ​boss. We needed some ​help with our ​accounts and she was only too happy to oblige.
(Definition of oblige from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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