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oblige
used in Middlemarch

3 meanings, 84 uses
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1  —44 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
Definition
require (obligate) to do something
  • I am not obliged to tell you.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (**% in)
obliged = required (to do something)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I set a bad example—married a poor clergyman, and made myself a pitiable object among the De Bracys—obliged to get my coals by stratagem, and pray to heaven for my salad oil.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (43% in)
  • But whichever way Lydgate began to incline, there was something to make him wince; and being a proud man, he was a little exasperated at being obliged to wince.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (56% in)
  • ...and to Mr. Casaubon it was a new pain, he never having been on a wedding journey before, or found himself in that close union which was more of a subjection than he had been able to imagine, since this charming young bride not only obliged him to much consideration on her behalf (which he had sedulously given), but turned out to be capable of agitating him cruelly just where he most needed soothing.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (78% in)
  • In the end I am usually obliged to think ill of myself for being so impatient.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (97% in)
  • He was too filial to be disrespectful to his father, and he bore the thunder with the certainty that it was transient; but in the mean time it was disagreeable to see his mother cry, and also to be obliged to look sulky instead of having fun; for Fred was so good-tempered that if he looked glum under scolding, it was chiefly for propriety's sake.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (2% in)
  • "Will you let me ride on your horse to-day?" said Ben, rendering up the whip, with an air of not being obliged to do it.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (21% in)
  • They were obliged to look at each other in speaking, and somehow the looking could not be carried through as the matter of course which it really was.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (42% in)
  • He was coming to England, to try his fortune, as many other young men were obliged to do whose only capital was in their brains.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (69% in)
  • Besides, if I was obliged to speak, I should say I was not fond of strangers coming into a town.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (73% in)
  • Mr. Casaubon was out of the question, not merely because he declined duty of this sort, but because Featherstone had an especial dislike to him as the rector of his own parish, who had a lien on the land in the shape of tithe, also as the deliverer of morning sermons, which the old man, being in his pew and not at all sleepy, had been obliged to sit through with an inward snarl.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (2% in)
  • It was rather irritating to him, even with the wine of love in his veins, to be obliged to mingle so often with the family party at the Vincys', and to enter so much into Middlemarch gossip, protracted good cheer, whist-playing, and general futility.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (26% in)
  • Clouds gathered with treacherous quickness, the rain came down, and Will was obliged to take shelter in the house.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (38% in)
  • Will, the moment before, had been low in the depths of boredom, and, obliged to help Mr. Brooke in arranging "documents" about hanging sheep-stealers, was exemplifying the power our minds have of riding several horses at once by inwardly arranging measures towards getting a lodging for himself in Middlemarch and cutting short his constant residence at the Grange; while there flitted through all these steadier images a tickling vision of a sheep-stealing epic written with Homeric...
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (61% in)
  • Raffles, walking with the uneasy gait of a town loiterer obliged to do a bit of country journeying on foot, looked as incongruous amid this moist rural quiet and industry as if he had been a baboon escaped from a menagerie.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (88% in)
  • And just as clearly in the miserable light she saw her own and her husband's solitude—how they walked apart so that she was obliged to survey him.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (98% in)
  • Good Middlemarch families were of course not going to change their doctor without reason shown; and everybody who had employed Mr. Peacock did not feel obliged to accept a new man merely in the character of his successor, objecting that he was "not likely to be equal to Peacock."
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (12% in)
  • Let him smart a little, as other people are obliged to do.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (40% in)
  • I don't like divinity, and preaching, and feeling obliged to look serious.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (81% in)
  • Of course, if I am obliged to be a clergyman, I shall try and do my duty, though I mayn't like it.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (81% in)
  • And when Will had left the room, she looked with such calm self-possession at Sir James, saying, "How is Celia?" that he was obliged to behave as if nothing had annoyed him.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (11% in)
  • 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.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (15% in)
  • ...proprietors, differing from each other in their arguments as much as Mr. Solomon Featherstone differed from Lord Medlicote, were yet unanimous in the opinion that in selling land, whether to the Enemy of mankind or to a company obliged to purchase, these pernicious agencies must be made to pay a very high price to landowners for permission to injure mankind.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (17% in)
  • Mrs. Garth was obliged to interfere, the other young ones came up and the tete-a-tete with Fred was ended.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (39% in)
  • Those were less expensive times than our own, and provincial life was comparatively modest; but the ease with which a medical man who had lately bought a practice, who thought that he was obliged to keep two horses, whose table was supplied without stint, and who paid an insurance on his life and a high rent for house and garden, might find his expenses doubling his receipts, can be conceived by any one who does not think these details beneath his consideration.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (51% in)
  • I am obliged to tell you what will hurt you, Rosy.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (57% in)
  • I was not able to pay for all the things we had to get before we were married, and there have been expenses since which I have been obliged to meet.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (58% in)
  • And I shall be obliged to go out—I don't know how early.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (61% in)
  • Unwonted circumstances may make us all rather unlike ourselves: there are conditions under which the most majestic person is obliged to sneeze, and our emotions are liable to be acted on in the same incongruous manner.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (91% in)
  • But in that smiling glance she was obliged to include Mary Garth, whom the three girls had got into a corner to make her tell them stories.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (4% in)
  • "Yes," said Mrs. Vincy, obliged to reply, as the old lady turned to her expectantly.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (6% in)
  • That she should be obliged to do what she intensely disliked, was an idea which turned her quiet tenacity into active invention.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (17% in)
  • We are not obliged to identify our own acts according to a strict classification, any more than the materials of our grocery and clothes.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (30% in)
  • It was here that poor Fred Vincy had made part of his memorable debt, having lost money in betting, and been obliged to borrow of that gay companion.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (33% in)
  • Fred had not meant to tell this, but he was obliged now to say, "Yes, he was."
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (38% in)
  • But, sir—I am obliged to believe that this Raffles has told me the truth.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (61% in)
  • No ideas or opinions could hinder him from seeing the one probability to be, that Raffles recovered would be just the same man as before, with his strength as a tormentor renewed, obliging him to drag away his wife to spend her years apart from her friends and native place, carrying an alienating suspicion against him in her heart.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (76% in)
  • And when she got home she was obliged to say to her daughter, "I am not well, my dear; I must go and lie down."
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (18% in)
  • His daughters had been obliged to consent to leave him, and though he had allowed some food to be brought to him, he had not touched it.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (19% in)
  • She was obliged to let him see it, and, looking at her severely, he said— "Why on earth have you been sending out invitations without telling me, Rosamond?"
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (23% in)
  • I may be obliged to leave the town.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (30% in)
  • "I know, I know—you could not give her pain, if you were not obliged to do it," said Dorothea, with keen memory of her own life.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (35% in)
  • I might be obliged to go away after all; I see little chance of anything else.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (36% in)
  • Exiles notoriously feed much on hopes, and are unlikely to stay in banishment unless they are obliged.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (70% in)

There are no more uses of "oblige" flagged with this meaning in Middlemarch.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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2  —20 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
Definition
grant a favor to someone
  • Oblige me by letting the subject drop, Naumann.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (92% in)
oblige = grant a favor to
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • He's very hot on new sorts; to oblige you.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (40% in)
  • Oblige me!
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (40% in)
  • I have no doubt Mrs. Carter will oblige me.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (44% in)
  • When next any one makes love to you, Miss Rosamond, I will tell him how obliging you are.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (85% in)
  • Why should you expect me to oblige you by hearing you play the flute, any more than I should expect you to oblige me by not playing it?
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (85% in)
  • Why should you expect me to oblige you by hearing you play the flute, any more than I should expect you to oblige me by not playing it?
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (85% in)
  • He is the only person who takes the least trouble to oblige me.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (96% in)
  • Mr. Casaubon, bowing, doubted not that Mrs. Casaubon would oblige him, and Dorothea said, at once, "Where shall I put myself?"
    Book 2 — Old and Young (91% in)
  • Naumann took the hint and said— "Now, sir, if you can oblige me again; I will release the lady-wife."
    Book 2 — Old and Young (91% in)
  • With a favor to ask we review our list of friends, do justice to their more amiable qualities, forgive their little offenses, and concerning each in turn, try to arrive at the conclusion that he will be eager to oblige us, our own eagerness to be obliged being as communicable as other warmth.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (2% in)
  • With a favor to ask we review our list of friends, do justice to their more amiable qualities, forgive their little offenses, and concerning each in turn, try to arrive at the conclusion that he will be eager to oblige us, our own eagerness to be obliged being as communicable as other warmth.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (2% in)
  • The Baronet added in very obliging words that he himself was particularly desirous of seeing the Freshitt and Tipton estates under the same management, and he hoped to be able to show that the double agency might be held on terms agreeable to Mr. Garth, whom he would be glad to see at the Hall at twelve o'clock on the following day.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (74% in)
  • "I can't oblige you there, Wrench," said Mr. Hawley, thrusting his hands into his trouser-pockets.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (17% in)
  • "You will oblige me, my dear," he said, seating himself, "if instead of other reading this evening, you will go through this aloud, pencil in hand, and at each point where I say 'mark,' will make a cross with your pencil."
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (44% in)
  • "You would oblige me greatly by doing so, Dorothea," said Mr. Casaubon, with a shade more meekness than usual in his polite manner.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (46% in)
  • ...attributed in the catalogue to Guido; and at the last moment before the day of the sale Mr. Bulstrode had called at the office of the "Pioneer," of which he was now one of the proprietors, to beg of Mr. Ladislaw as a great favor that he would obligingly use his remarkable knowledge of pictures on behalf of Mrs. Bulstrode, and judge of the value of this particular painting—"if," added the scrupulously polite banker, "attendance at the sale would not interfere with the arrangements for...
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (66% in)
  • Will you oblige me?
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (17% in)
  • Perhaps you will yourself oblige me, Mr. Garth, by calling at Mr. Lydgate's as you pass—or stay! he may at this hour probably be at the Hospital.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (60% in)
  • I can easily remain here for the night, if you will oblige me by taking a note for Mrs. Bulstrode.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (65% in)

There are no more uses of "oblige" flagged with this meaning in Middlemarch.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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3  —20 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
Definition
grateful or indebted
  • "I shall be exceedingly obliged if you will look in on me here occasionally, Mr. Lydgate," the banker observed, after a brief pause.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (1% in)
obliged = grateful or indebted
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • He took them, saying— "I am very much obliged to you, sir," and was going to roll them up without seeming to think of their value.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (12% in)
  • I have made up my mind to take Middlemarch as it comes, and shall be much obliged if the town will take me in the same way.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (39% in)
  • Poor Dorothea felt a pang at the thought that the labor of her husband's life might be void, which left her no energy to spare for the question whether this young relative who was so much obliged to him ought not to have repressed his observation.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (83% in)
  • "I am much obliged," said Mary, hastening away again, "but I have little time for reading."
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (93% in)
  • I am quite obliged to Mrs. Cadwallader for coming and calling me out of the library.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (4% in)
  • "Quite right to feel obliged to me," said Mrs. Cadwallader.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (4% in)
  • He was much obliged to Casaubon in the past, but really the act of marrying this wife was a set-off against the obligation.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (36% in)
  • No, not at all; but I shall be obliged, since you are up, if you will read me a few pages of Lowth.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (49% in)
  • "Lydgate," said Mr. Casaubon, with his invariably polite air, "I am exceedingly obliged to you for your punctuality."
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (94% in)
  • I am very much obliged to you.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (3% in)
  • "Sir, I am your humble servant, and greatly obliged," said Mr. Mawmsey, feeling that politics were clearing up a little.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (69% in)
  • "I am exceedingly obliged to you," said Ladislaw, proudly.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (78% in)
  • "As I have little time to spare, Mr. Raffles," said the banker, who could hardly do more than sip his tea and break his toast without eating it, "I shall be obliged if you will mention at once the ground on which you wished to meet with me."
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (95% in)
  • You ought to be obliged to me for telling you.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (64% in)
  • "I am sure you and Wrench ought to be obliged to him," said Dr. Minchin, looking towards Toller, "for he has sent you the cream of Peacock's patients."
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (1% in)
  • "I am much obliged to you for giving me full notice," he said, with a firm intention in his tone, yet with an interruptedness in his delivery which showed that he spoke unwillingly.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (48% in)
  • "I am exceedingly obliged to you, Mr. Garth," he said, in his usual tone of politeness.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (60% in)
  • I am obliged to you for your handsome way of meeting me—about the letting of Stone Court, and all other business.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (60% in)
  • "I am deeply obliged to you," said Lydgate.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (74% in)

There are no more uses of "obliged" flagged with this meaning in Middlemarch.

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