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


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: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : under a moral obligation to do something [syn: duty-bound(p),