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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.


Synonymsaccommodate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)abide by, comply, follow


Antonymsdisoblige









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