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oblige
used in A Christmas Carol

2 meanings, 5 uses
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1  —3 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
Definition
require (obligate) to do something
  • He was obliged to rub the frost off with the sleeve of his dressing-gown before he could see anything;
    2 — The First of the Three Spirits (3% in)
obliged = required (compelled)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • He was obliged to sit close to it, and brood over it, before he could extract the least sensation of warmth from such a handful of fuel.
    1 — Marley's Ghost (60% in)
  • At every fresh question that was put to him, this nephew burst into a fresh roar of laughter; and was so inexpressibly tickled, that he was obliged to get up off the sofa and stamp.
    3 — The Second of the Three Spirits (89% in)

There are no more uses of "oblige" flagged with this meaning in A Christmas Carol.

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2  —2 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
Definition
grateful or indebted
  • Scrooge expressed himself much obliged, but could not help thinking that a night of unbroken rest would have been more conducive to that end.
    2 — The First of the Three Spirits (19% in)
obliged = grateful or indebted
  • I am much obliged to you.
    5 — The End of It (61% in)

There are no more uses of "obliged" flagged with this meaning in A Christmas Carol.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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