See also: obligé
- (transitive) To constrain someone by force or by social, moral or legal means.
- I am obliged to report to the police station every week.
1749, John Cleland, “part 3”, in Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, London: G. Fenton, OCLC 13050889:
- Tho' he was some time awake before me, yet did he not offer to disturb a repose he had given me so much occasion for; but on my first stirring, which was not till past ten o'clock, I was oblig'd to endure one more trial of his manhood.
- (transitive) To do someone a service or favour (hence, originally, creating an obligation).
- He obliged me by not parking his car in the drive.
1719, John Harris, Astronomical dialogues between a gentleman and a lady, page 151:
- In the mean time I have another trouble to give you, if you will oblige me in it; and that is to get me a sight of the famous Orrery, which I have heard you and others so often speak of; and which I think was made by Mr. Rowley, the famous Mathematical Instrument-Maker.
- (intransitive) To be indebted to someone.
- I am obliged to you for your recent help.
- (intransitive) To do a service or favour.
- The singer obliged with another song.
to do someone a service or favour (hence, originally, creating an obligation)
to be indebted to someone
- ^ The New Fowler’s Modern English Usage (1996)