Definition of 'oblige'
Example sentences containing 'oblige'
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He might not like to see his winnings swallowed up, but by law he is obliged to hand it over. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The sun does not shine much in January, nor does the wind always oblige at this time of year. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He doesn't always oblige but he did it last year and he'll be doing it again this time. The Sun (2016)She was obliged to abandon her scholarship and go out and seek work. DOVES OF WAR: Four Women of Spain (2002)He is always obliged to go at a certain hour. Christianity Today (2000)Unions are obliged by law to ballot their members on whether to hold a political fund. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Companies are not always obliged to offer consumers their money back. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The law obliges officials to review deals with firms found responsible for corruption. Times, Sunday Times (2015)But are we always obliged to explain why the facts are not what some persons thought beforehand? Daniel Deronda (1876)Are the rich always obliged to help the poor? Times, Sunday Times (2012)New groups have always been obliged to build a fan base before a record company will sign them. Times, Sunday Times (2006)She would always oblige, but it stung. Times, Sunday Times (2012)And we're always happy to oblige. In God's Country: travels in the Bible belt, USA. (1989)The best you could do would be to pass a law that obliges drivers and wardens alike to just have a really good think. Times, Sunday Times (2015)A judge said that aviation law obliges airlines to issue boarding passes. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Dozens of people were obliged to abandon their homes and cars as some areas experienced a month's worth of rain in a day. Times, Sunday Times (2012)I should only mind if there were a law obliging me to take any piece of blood and beauty that she or anybody else recommended. Middlemarch (1872)Offered a job at the Guardian, he was obliged to abandon his political ambitions and stood down without many regrets. Times, Sunday Times (2010)It would, of course, be easier for landlords if all letting agents were obliged by law to abide by financial protection arrangements. Times, Sunday Times (2010)She attended for one year and, just as she won a scholarship for a further year, she was obliged to abandon her studies. DOVES OF WAR: Four Women of Spain (2002)Families have struggled with the problem during eight years of economic crisis and rampant youth unemployment, especially as Spanish law obliges them to bankroll idle offspring. Times, Sunday Times (2016)
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Translations for 'oblige'
British English: oblige VERB
If you are obliged to do something, a situation, rule, or law makes it necessary for you to do that thing.
My family needed the money so I was obliged to work.
Definition of oblige from the Collins English Dictionary
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