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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.

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

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

    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

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

    release, acquit, induce, persuade, annoy, disoblige

Princeton's WordNet

  1. compel, oblige, obligateverb

    force somebody to do something

    "We compel all students to fill out this form"

    accommodate, bind, obligate, compel, hold


  2. oblige, bind, hold, obligateverb

    bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted

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

    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


  3. oblige, accommodateverb

    provide a service or favor for someone

    "We had to oblige him"

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


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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. obligeverb

    compel, force, coerce, constrain

  2. obligeverb

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

  3. obligeverb

    OBLIGATE, bind, bring under obligation

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. obligeverb

    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

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How to use oblige in a sentence?

  1. Fayez Abu Shammala:

    Since our Israeli enemy is sick with coronavirus, our Arab morals oblige us to make truce with them at this stage. Let's be merciful even with our enemy.

  2. French President Francois Hollande:

    What exists today is no longer enough and there are countries, and I will not name them here because we have to work with all of them, but who are not responding to their moral obligations, europe is a group of principles, of values which oblige us to welcome those who are pushed out and look for refuge because they are persecuted.

  3. Ali Khamenei:

    Islamic values and the country's constitution oblige all bodies of the Islamic Republic to prevent any discrimination and inequality toward Iranians of any ethnicity, race or religion.

  4. Baltasar Gracián y Morales:

    To oblige persons often costs little and helps much.

  5. Leo Tolstoy:

    I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.

Translations for oblige

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  • obligarCatalan, Valencian
  • einen Gefallen tun, verpflichtenGerman
  • obligarSpanish
  • وادار کردنPersian
  • obliger, rendre service, imposerFrench
  • kötelez, lekötelezHungarian
  • לחייבHebrew
  • 恩義, サービス, 世話, 義務付けるJapanese
  • een plezier doen, verplichtenDutch
  • [[сде́лать]] [[одолже́ние]], [[де́лать]] [[одолже́ние]], [[быть]] [[обязанный, обя́зывать, обяза́тьRussian
  • บังคับThai
  • واجبUrdu
  • oblidjîWalloon
  • 责成Chinese

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