Oblige

Definition of Oblige

O`blige´   Pronunciation: ô`blīj´; 277
v. t.1.To attach, as by a bond.
[imp. & p. p. Obliged (ô*blījd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Obliging (ô*blī"jĭng).]
He had obliged all the senators and magistrates firmly to himself.
- Bacon.
2.To constrain by physical, moral, or legal force; to put under obligation to do or forbear something.
The obliging power of the law is neither founded in, nor to be measured by, the rewards and punishments annexed to it.
- South.
Religion obliges men to the practice of those virtues which conduce to the preservation of our health.
- Tillotson.
3.To bind by some favor rendered; to place under a debt; hence, to do a favor to; to please; to gratify; to accommodate.
Thus man, by his own strength, to heaven would soar,
And would not be obliged to God for more.
- Dryden.
The gates before it are brass, and the whole much obliged to Pope Urban VIII.
- Evelyn.
I shall be more obliged to you than I can express.
- Mrs. E. Montagu.

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