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English verb: oblige

1. oblige (social) force somebody to do something

SamplesWe compel all students to fill out this form.

ExamplesThey oblige him to write the letter

Synonymscompel, obligate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)cause, get, have, induce, make, stimulate

Narrower (hyponym)apply, clamor, coerce, condemn, enforce, enforce, force, force, hale, implement, impose, pressure, shame, squeeze, thrust, walk

Causeact, move

2. oblige (communication) bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted

SamplesHe's held by a contract.
I'll hold you by your promise.

Synonymsbind, hold, obligate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)relate

Narrower (hyponym)article, indent, indenture, pledge, tie down

3. oblige (communication) provide a service or favor for someone

SamplesWe had to oblige him.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)abide by, comply, follow


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