O·blige v. t. [imp. & p. p. Obliged p. pr. & vb. n. Obliging ]
1. To attach, as by a bond. [Obs.]
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.
v 1: force or compel somebody to do something; "We compel all
students to fill out this form" [syn: compel, obligate]
2: bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a
contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise" [syn: bind, hold,
3: provide a service or favor for someone; "We had to oblige
him" [syn: accommodate] [ant: disoblige]