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oblige
used in Bleak House

3 meanings, 66 uses
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1  —27 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
Definition
require (obligate) to do something
  • "I am sorry, ladies," he said, standing bare-headed at the carriage-door when all was ready, "that I am obliged to conduct you nearly two miles out of the way."
    Chapters 16-18 (67% in)
obliged = required (obligated) to do something
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • It seems so curious to me to be obliged to write all this about myself!
    Chapters 1-3 (78% in)
  • We were obliged to take notice of that with our sense of sight, even while, with our sense of hearing, we followed the poor child who had tumbled downstairs: I think into the back kitchen, where somebody seemed to stifle him.
    Chapters 4-6 (7% in)
  • We were obliged to say that we had not the pleasure of Mr. Gusher's acquaintance.
    Chapters 7-9 (49% in)
  • I said, "Get up from that ridiculous position immediately, sir, or you will oblige me to break my implied promise and ring the bell!"
    Chapters 7-9 (95% in)
  • To settle that question, my brother filing a bill, I was obliged to go into this accursed Chancery; I was forced there because the law forced me and would let me go nowhere else.
    Chapters 13-15 (93% in)
  • They was obliged to stamp upon it to git it in.
    Chapters 16-18 (18% in)
  • Now, if I had stayed at Badger's I should have been obliged to spend twelve pounds at a blow for some heart-breaking lecture-fees.
    Chapters 16-18 (59% in)
  • The service being concluded, Sir Leicester gave his arm with much taste and gallantry to Lady Dedlock—though he was obliged to walk by the help of a thick stick—and escorted her out of church to the pony carriage in which they had come.
    Chapters 16-18 (83% in)
  • "He won't move on," says the constable calmly, with a slight professional hitch of his neck involving its better settlement in his stiff stock, "although he has been repeatedly cautioned, and therefore I am obliged to take him into custody."
    Chapters 19-21 (16% in)
  • "I was willing enough to be 'made,' as you call it," says Mr. George, smoking not quite so placidly as before, for since the entrance of Judy he has been in some measure disturbed by a fascination, not of the admiring kind, which obliges him to look at her as she stands by her grandfather's chair, "but on the whole, I am glad I wasn't now."
    Chapters 19-21 (91% in)
  • She has almost deserted her old employment and in fact obliges me to employ a boy.
    Chapters 22-24 (53% in)
  • I gradually cheered her up by dwelling on the many things she would do for her unfortunate father and for Peepy when she had a home of her own; and finally we went downstairs into the damp dark kitchen, where Peepy and his little brothers and sisters were grovelling on the stone floor and where we had such a game of play with them that to prevent myself from being quite torn to pieces I was obliged to fall back on my fairy-tales.
    Chapters 22-24 (60% in)
  • But by obliging me to employ a boy, Caddy has embarrassed me to that extent, overwhelmed as I am with public business, that I don't know which way to turn.
    Chapters 28-30 (81% in)
  • The little creature—sent into the world, surely, to minister to the weak and sick—was so happy, and so busy, and stopped so often in her preparations to lay her head upon my bosom, and fondle me, and cry with joyful tears she was so glad, she was so glad, that I was obliged to say, "Charley, if you go on in this way, I must lie down again, my darling, for I am weaker than I thought I was!"
    Chapters 34-36 (39% in)
  • I was obliged to confess that I did not quite know what she meant.
    Chapters 34-36 (61% in)
  • And I DID read all the noble history, though very slowly and imperfectly then, for my eyes were so dimmed that I could not see the words, and I cried so much that I was many times obliged to lay down the long account she had cut out of the newspaper.
    Chapters 34-36 (63% in)
  • Consequently I was obliged to lead the way, as before; and in this order we returned home, to the great delight of the village.
    Chapters 34-36 (74% in)
  • The difficulty that I felt in being quite composed that first evening when Ada asked me, over our work, if the family were at the house, and when I was obliged to answer yes, I believed so, for Lady Dedlock had spoken to me in the woods the day before yesterday, was great.
    Chapters 37-39 (1% in)
  • "I am afraid everybody is obliged to be," said I timidly enough, he being so much older and more clever than I.
    Chapters 37-39 (29% in)
  • But every man's not obliged to be solvent?
    Chapters 37-39 (30% in)
  • "Sir," she says, for the moment obliged to set her lips with all the energy she has, that she may speak distinctly, "I will make it plainer."
    Chapters 40-42 (51% in)
  • I felt obliged to confess that I knew nothing to the contrary but that Prince and I had agreed only that evening that we would like his opinion to be confirmed by some one.
    Chapters 49-51 (45% in)
  • They sometimes slipped and floundered for a mile together, and we were obliged to come to a standstill to rest them.
    Chapters 55-57 (89% in)
  • He withdraws his hand and falls to looking at the sleet and snow again until they seem, by being long looked at, to fall so thick and fast that he is obliged to close his eyes for a minute on the giddy whirl of white flakes and icy blots.
    Chapters 58-60 (7% in)
  • I told him that we had but just left a coach and were going—but then I was obliged to look at my companion.
    Chapters 58-60 (44% in)
  • ...we turned back, and the affectionate girl was in that state of rapture, and was so overjoyed to talk about the night when she brought me the flowers, and was so determined to squeeze my face (bonnet and all) between her hands, and go on in a wild manner altogether, calling me all kinds of precious names, and telling Allan I had done I don't know what for her, that I was just obliged to get into the little carriage and calm her down by letting her say and do exactly what she liked.
    Chapters 64-65 (65% in)

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

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2  —10 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
Definition
grant a favor to someone
  • "Why this," returns George, not able to be very conciliatory at first, "is Matthew Bagnet, who has obliged me in that matter of ours, you know."
    Chapters 34-36 (17% in)
obliged = granted a favor to
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • "If you please, sir," said I. He was very obliging, and as he handed me into a fly after superintending the removal of my boxes, I asked him whether there was a great fire anywhere?
    Chapters 1-3 (84% in)
  • It is enough to mention that both Mr. and Mrs. Snagsby are very willing to oblige me and that Snagsby has, in busy times, a good deal of copying work to give out.
    Chapters 19-21 (47% in)
  • On account of which, and at the same time to oblige a—do you call it, in your business, customer or client?
    Chapters 22-24 (9% in)
  • On account of which, and at the same time to oblige a real good customer, you mean to go down with me, in confidence, to Tom-all-Alone's and to keep the whole thing quiet ever afterwards and never mention it to any one.
    Chapters 22-24 (10% in)
  • "That your ladyship would have the kindness to oblige me with a little conversation," returns Mr. Guppy, embarrassed.
    Chapters 28-30 (39% in)
  • We arrived at such a capital understanding that when he was jogging with me lazily, and rather obstinately, down some shady lane, if I patted his neck and said, "Stubbs, I am surprised you don't canter when you know how much I like it; and I think you might oblige me, for you are only getting stupid and going to sleep," he would give his head a comical shake or two and set off directly, while Charley would stand still and laugh with such enjoyment that her laughter was like music.
    Chapters 34-36 (73% in)
  • "I think," mademoiselle replies without any action and in a clear, obliging voice, "that you are a miserable wretch."
    Chapters 40-42 (96% in)
  • You are exceedingly obliging, Sir Leicester, and on behalf of those ladies (who are present) and for myself, I thank you very much.
    Chapters 43-45 (30% in)
  • You are very obliging, Sir Leicester Dedlock.
    Chapters 43-45 (33% in)

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

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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3  —29 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
Definition
grateful or indebted
  • I am much obliged to you for one of the pleasantest evenings I ever spent in my life.
    Chapters 49-51 (33% in)
obliged = grateful or indebted
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • He dismissed us pleasantly, and we all went out, very much obliged to him for being so affable and polite, by which he had certainly lost no dignity but seemed to us to have gained some.
    Chapters 1-3 (96% in)
  • As Ada was a little frightened, I said, to humour the poor old lady, that we were much obliged to her.
    Chapters 1-3 (99% in)
  • We are very much obliged to you!
    Chapters 4-6 (62% in)
  • I feel obliged to him for possessing it.
    Chapters 4-6 (77% in)
  • Much obliged to you, ma'am!
    Chapters 7-9 (13% in)
  • Mr. Guppy is obliged to her for the information and is, moreover, generally obliged.
    Chapters 7-9 (18% in)
  • Mr. Guppy is obliged to her for the information and is, moreover, generally obliged.
    Chapters 7-9 (18% in)
  • "Much obliged!" said Mr. Boythorn.
    Chapters 7-9 (86% in)
  • No, I am much obliged to you, miss, I'm sure.
    Chapters 7-9 (92% in)
  • Mr. Tulkinghorn, comprehending it, inclines his head and says he is much obliged.
    Chapters 10-12 (92% in)
  • I am much obliged to Mrs. Jellyby.
    Chapters 13-15 (34% in)
  • "I am aware of the circumstances," returned my guardian with a smile, "and am sufficiently obliged."
    Chapters 16-18 (93% in)
  • "It was very good-natured of you, sir," says Mr. Snagsby, "and I am obliged to you."
    Chapters 19-21 (19% in)
  • "And if you have no real objection to accompany Mr. Bucket to the place in question," pursues the lawyer, "I shall feel obliged to you if you will do so."
    Chapters 22-24 (7% in)
  • "I am sure I am much obliged to you for your good opinion," returns the stationer with his cough of modesty, "but—"
    Chapters 22-24 (8% in)
  • "If you have come to give me a friendly call," continues Mr. George, "I am obliged to you; how are you?"
    Chapters 25-27 (53% in)
  • We are obliged to you for the plainness with which you have spoken.
    Chapters 28-30 (26% in)
  • I am much obliged to you, but I have to travel all night in order to reach a distant part of the country punctually at an appointed time in the morning.
    Chapters 28-30 (27% in)
  • I wish your ladyship good day, and am much obliged to you all the same.
    Chapters 28-30 (56% in)
  • But I was in a manner drawn into that step, and I thought it might steady me, and set me up, and you'll try to overlook my having such expectations, and upon my soul, I am very much obliged to you, and very much ashamed of myself.
    Chapters 34-36 (13% in)
  • I expressed myself much obliged to him, but did not think it necessary to add that I readily dispensed with this attention.
    Chapters 37-39 (51% in)
  • Much obliged.
    Chapters 37-39 (64% in)
  • My Lady is obliged to him, but would rather sit there for the air.
    Chapters 40-42 (29% in)
  • "I am obliged to you," returns Mr. Bucket, squeezing his hand.
    Chapters 49-51 (31% in)
  • They, on the contrary, are much obliged to him for the pleasure he has given them in his company; and so they part with many expressions of goodwill on both sides.
    Chapters 49-51 (33% in)
  • "Well, sir," replied George, after a little cogitation, "I am equally obliged to you, but tobacco being against the rules, I can't say that there is."
    Chapters 52-54 (7% in)
  • I am equally obliged.
    Chapters 52-54 (9% in)
  • "But as she ain't here; just pitch it an octave or two lower, will you, and I'll not only be obliged to you, but it'll do you more credit," says Mr. Bucket.
    Chapters 52-54 (66% in)

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

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