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He escorted his mother in an obliging manner.
  willingness to do favors for others
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Strongly Associated with:   oblige, obliged
"Obliging" can also reference being duty-bound.
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  • He escorted his mother in an obliging manner.
  • At this point I played a somewhat underhanded trick on this obliging fellow.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Japanese fathers are famously overgenerous to their children (quite the opposite of what most Westerners would presume and wish to think), extremely permissive and obliging with their little ones, and so it was quite normal that I should be as well; though with a girl like Sunny, I should probably have exercised more rigor and sternness.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • ) Stem, on the other hand, was obliging with the customers and devoted to the work—staying late, asking questions, begging for another project.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread

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  • Hoss trusted him, he was the Commandant’s pet Polack; but within this simple being, superficially servile and obliging, there beat the heart of a patriot who had shown that he could be counted upon for certain missions, provided they were not too mentally taxing or complex.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "Well, that’s nice," I said, a bit dryly, "I don’t know whether He’s been quite so obliging to me."
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • "How do you like Lucas?" he finally says, taking an obliging step back.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Obliging, Iona slid in, put her hands on the wheel.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • But I wanted to leave things in order and not just trust that obliging and indifferent sea to sweep my refuse away.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Yes, I will take a biscuit, as you are so obliging.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • He was very obliging, and offered to do anything in his power.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • He was pleased, on the day after leaving Suez, to find on deck the obliging person with whom he had walked and chatted on the quays.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • "What is the name of this obliging youth?" asked Sherlock Holmes.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • By nature inoffensive, friendly, and obliging, his presentation at St. James’s had made him courteous.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • He graduated to the tail of the family mule, and eventually, hanging off the tail of an obliging horse named Paint, he began to run, a gait that initially caused him excruciating pain.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • The staff are obliging too, that’s really the main thing.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • To be obliging and polite does not necessarily make a man a coward.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Biddy, who was the most obliging of girls, immediately said she would, and indeed began to carry out her promise within five minutes.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • So innocent did the child then look, and with such an obliging smile consented, that I readily believed him, and from that day forward began to love him entirely.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Much like the rest of us on the surface, he had an underlying obliging and considerate strain which barred him from being a really important member of the class.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • And I come to know Rue, the oldest of six kids, fiercely protective of her siblings, who gives her rations to the younger ones, who forages in the meadows in a district where the Peacekeepers are far less obliging than ours.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • But, invested for the moment with extraordinary power, he raised himself completely: obliging me to rise too, or I could not have still supported him.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • I’d nothing to do with that; you chose to be so obliging as to give it me, that was all.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • She coaxed it down on to her arm where it held out an obliging leg so that she could attach the parcel.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • ’Then I’ll whop yer when I get in,’ said the voice; ’you just see if I don’t, that’s all, my work’us brat!’ and having made this obliging promise, the voice began to whistle.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The maid in the lime-colored panties was a cheerful, fat, obliging woman in her mid-thirties with squashy thighs and swaying hams in lime-colored panties that she was always rolling off for any man who wanted her.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • It was a landscape in water colours, of which I had made a present to the superintendent, in acknowledgment of her obliging mediation with the committee on my behalf, and which she had framed and glazed.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The next obliging roll of thunder saw it wedged once more into place.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • Though if I were to ask two or three obliging friends, I know they would give me them, and such as the productions of those that have the highest reputation in our Spain could not equal.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Your conduct has always been of the most delicate and obliging description.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • She was as charming a widow as she had been a girl, pleasant when she had her own way, obliging as long as it did not discommode her, vain of her looks and her popularity.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • "You sweet, little obliging soul!" said St. Clare, kissing her; "go along, that’s a good girl, and pray for me."
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Mr. Elton is good-humoured, cheerful, obliging, and gentle.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Most of the company were chapmen and waggoners, all extremely polite; they asked Cacambo a few questions with the greatest circumspection, and answered his in the most obliging manner.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Darya Alexandrovna liked her neatness, her deferential and obliging manners, but she felt ill at ease with her.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • This obliging offer was gladly accepted, and Margaret retired to the parlor, which she hastily put in order by whisking the litter under the sofa and shutting the blinds to save the trouble of dusting.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • The headmaster was polite and obliging behind the great spectacles, and showed him things that he called schemes of work, and drawings of flowers and seeds, and different kinds of soil in tubes.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • You were obliging the W. C. T. U. then, I reckon.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • You are very obliging.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • It’s what makes the nice girls from polite society great hostesses, and the girls at Tatica’s such obliging lovers.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • But her father was less obliging.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Rebecca was of a good-natured and obliging disposition; and she liked Amelia rather than otherwise.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The King’s tenant, Sir Bliant, had to move out to make room for them—which he did the more readily when he knew that he was obliging the Wild Man who had saved his life.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • No-he is not so obliging.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • I tried the number again while the obliging proprietor dug up his two coldest ones from the bottom of the deep freeze.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • He chatted with her about the new goods from Paris, about a thousand feminine trifles, made himself very obliging, and never asked for his money.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • After the storm passed, they were sighted drifting mastless on the Bay and were towed home by an obliging neighbor.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • They were most obliging old things, ready to do anything for me, and at my request were as silent afterwards as two cast-iron posts.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • I availed myself of your obliging hints to correct my timidity, and it is unnecessary to add that they were perfectly accurate.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Indeed, he was a man of some six feet three inches, and his countenance, though reassuring while one knew he was intent on obliging, could seem extremely forbidding viewed in certain other contexts.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
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Associated words [difficulty]:   obliging [4] , oblige [2] , obliged [1] , obligation [1] , obliged [1] , oblige [2] , obligate [3] , obligatory [4]
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