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.
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.
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]