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oblige
used in Washington Square

2 meanings, 12 uses
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1  —8 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
Definition
require (obligate) to do something
  • "The woman's an idiot," thought Morris; but he was obliged to say something different.
    Chapter 16 (27% in)
obliged = required (to do something)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • After this, the tide of fashion began to set steadily northward, as, indeed, in New York, thanks to the narrow channel in which it flows, it is obliged to do, and the great hum of traffic rolled farther to the right and left of Broadway.
    Chapter 3 (43% in)
  • But it will be a good reason for coming another time; a little pretext—if I am obliged to give one.
    Chapter 5 (79% in)
  • She was very glad that she was not obliged to tell him that the ceremony of their betrothal had taken place out there under the bare ailantus-trees.
    Chapter 11 (18% in)
  • I am not obliged to say it; and to say it, save under stress of compulsion, would be very bad taste.
    Chapter 12 (37% in)
  • Morris smoothed his hat—it was already remarkably glossy—and continued to display a self-control which, as the Doctor was obliged to admit, was extremely creditable to him.
    Chapter 12 (54% in)
  • You needn't feel obliged to be so quiet.
    Chapter 15 (23% in)
  • He was obliged to recognise the fact that if the two young people were waiting for him to get out of the way, they were at least waiting very patiently.
    Chapter 32 (54% in)

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

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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2  —4 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
Definition
grateful or indebted
  • I am really very much obliged to her.
    Chapter 21 (23% in)
obliged = grateful or indebted
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • And we have been so much obliged to you for—for the liberty.
    Chapter 11 (23% in)
  • I am greatly obliged to you, but I have nothing to send.
    Chapter 16 (32% in)
  • I am much obliged for that!
    Chapter 26 (79% in)

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Typical Usage  (best examples)
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