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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 oblig·ing /əˈblaɪʤɪŋ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 o·bli·ging a. Putting under obligation; disposed to oblige or do favors; hence, helpful; civil; kind.
    Mons. Strozzi has many curiosities, and is very obliging to a stranger who desires the sight of them.   --Addison.
 Syn: -- Civil; complaisant; courteous; kind, -- Obliging, Kind, Complaisant.
 Usage: One is kind who desires to see others happy; one is complaisant who endeavors to make them so in social intercourse by attentions calculated to please; one who is obliging performs some actual service, or has the disposition to do so.
 -- O*bli*ging*ly. adv. -- O*bli*ging*ness, n.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: happy to comply [syn: complying, yielding]
      2: showing a cheerful willingness to do favors for others; "to
         close one's eyes like a complaisant husband whose wife has
         taken a lover"; "the obliging waiter was in no hurry for
         us to leave" [syn: complaisant]