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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 leave town.
  • 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)







(Definition of oblige from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"oblige" in Business English

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obligeverb

uk   /əˈblaɪdʒ/ us  
[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 pay employees sick pay. Sellers are not legally obliged to accept the highest offer. Companies are obliged by law to carry out regular safety checks. a law/treaty/agreement obliges sth The law obliges full disclosure of political contributions.
[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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