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Synonyms for oblige
əˈblaɪdʒ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. compel, oblige, obligate(verb)

    force somebody to do something

    "We compel all students to fill out this form"

    Synonyms:
    accommodate, bind, obligate, compel, hold

    Antonyms:
    disoblige

  2. oblige, bind, hold, obligate(verb)

    bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted

    "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise"

    Synonyms:
    accommodate, book, attach, tie up, bond, view as, support, hold back, bandage, defend, take hold, bind, carry, deem, truss, hold up, arrest, hold, adjudge, guard, take, have, concord, check, make, stick, take for, go for, throw, defy, control, harbor, keep, apply, obligate, give, hold fast, entertain, concur, nurse, curb, constipate, moderate, tie down, stick to, have got, restrain, obtain, withstand, agree, sustain, halt, harbour, tie, maintain, confine, contain, keep back, retain, prevail, reserve, admit, compel, hold in, declare, adhere, bear

    Antonyms:
    disoblige

  3. oblige, accommodate(verb)

    provide a service or favor for someone

    "We had to oblige him"

    Synonyms:
    admit, adapt, lodge, compel, fit, suit, accommodate, obligate, conciliate, hold, reconcile, bind

    Antonyms:
    disoblige

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. oblige

    Binding is primarily by something flexible, as a cord or bandage drawn closely around an object or group of objects, as when we bind up a wounded limb. We bind a sheaf of wheat with a cord; we tie the cord in a knot; we fasten by any means that will make things hold together, as a board by nails, or a door by a lock. The verbs tie and fasten are scarcely used in the figurative sense, tho, using the noun, we speak of the ties of affection. Bind has an extensive figurative use. One is bound by conscience or honor; he is obliged by some imperious necessity; engaged by his own promise; compelled by physical force or its moral equivalent.

    Synonyms:
    bind, compel, engage, fasten, fetter, fix, restrain, restrict, secure, shackle, tie

    Antonyms:
    free, loose, set free, unbind, unfasten, unloose, untie

    Preposition:
    Bind to a pillar; unto an altar; to a service; bind one with chains or in chains; one is bound by a contract; a splint is bound upon a limb; the arms may be bound to the sides or behind the back; bind a wreath about, around, or round the head; twigs are bound in or into fagots; for military purposes, they are bound at both ends and in the middle; one is bound by a contract, or bound under a penalty to fulfil a contract.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. oblige

    Synonyms:
    compel, coerce, necessitate, force, benefit, favor, accommodate, gratify, bind, constrain

    Antonyms:
    release, acquit, induce, persuade, annoy, disoblige

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. oblige(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    compel, force, coerce, constrain

  2. oblige(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    serve, accommodate, please, favor, gratify, do a service for, do a favor to

  3. oblige(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    OBLIGATE, bind, bring under obligation

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. oblige(v)

    Synonyms:
    constrain, obligate, please, gratify, accommodate, coerce, compel, necessitate, force

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "oblige":

    compel, force, require, obligate, coerce, commit

How to pronounce oblige?

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Alex
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Daniel
Daniel
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Karen
Karen
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Veena
Veena
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How to say oblige in sign language?

  1. oblige

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How to use oblige in a sentence?

  1. Alexander Hamilton:

    In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men the great difficulty lies in this You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.

  2. James Madison:

    In framing a government, which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.

  3. Baltasar Gracián y Morales:

    To oblige persons often costs little and helps much.

  4. H. G. Wells:

    There is nothing in machinery, there is nothing in embankments and railways and iron bridges and engineering devices to oblige them to be ugly. Ugliness is the measure of imperfection.

  5. Brian Michael Jenkins:

    The '70s underscored the emergence of this new mode of political expression, this new mode of armed conflict that demonstrated that small groups with a limited capacity for violence could nonetheless achieve these disproportionate effects, they could cause worldwide alarm, they could oblige governments to devote vast resources to security.

Images & Illustrations of oblige

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Translations for oblige

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  • obligarCatalan, Valencian
  • verpflichten, einen Gefallen tunGerman
  • obligarSpanish
  • imposer, rendre service, obligerFrench
  • lekötelez, kötelezHungarian
  • 義務付ける, 世話, サービス, 恩義Japanese
  • verplichten, een plezier doenDutch
  • [[сде́лать]] [[одолже́ние]], обяза́ть, [[де́лать]] [[одолже́ние]], [[быть]] [[обязанный, обя́зыватьRussian
  • บังคับThai
  • واجبUrdu
  • oblidjîWalloon
  • 责成Chinese

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