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oblige
used in Silas Marner

3 meanings, 15 uses
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1  —12 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
Definition
require (obligate) to do something
  • At that moment there was a knocking at the door; and Eppie was obliged to rise without answering Silas.
    2.19 — Part 2 Chapter 19 (15% in)
obliged = required (to do something)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • They would be obliged to "run away"—a course as dark and dubious as a balloon journey.
    1.2 — Part 1 Chapter 2 (73% in)
  • You're my elders and betters, you know; I was obliged to come when you sent for me.
    1.3 — Part 1 Chapter 3 (28% in)
  • Dunstan Cass, setting off in the raw morning, at the judiciously quiet pace of a man who is obliged to ride to cover on his hunter, had to take his way along the lane which, at its farther extremity, passed by the piece of unenclosed ground called the Stone-pit, where stood the cottage, once a stone-cutter's shed, now for fifteen years inhabited by Silas Marner.
    1.4 — Part 1 Chapter 4 (1% in)
  • Mr. Macey, tailor and parish-clerk, the latter of which functions rheumatism had of late obliged him to share with a small-featured young man who sat opposite him, held his white head on one side, and twirled his thumbs with an air of complacency, slightly seasoned with criticism.
    1.6 — Part 1 Chapter 6 (19% in)
  • Why this preternatural felon should be obliged to wait till the door was left unlocked, was a question which did not present itself.
    1.7 — Part 1 Chapter 7 (53% in)
  • Some tramp's been in, that's all; and as for the no footmarks, and the bricks and the sand being all right—why, your eyes are pretty much like a insect's, Master Marner; they're obliged to look so close, you can't see much at a time.
    1.7 — Part 1 Chapter 7 (71% in)
  • What had passed about his proposing to Nancy had raised a new alarm, lest by some after-dinner words of his father's to Mr. Lammeter he should be thrown into the embarrassment of being obliged absolutely to decline her when she seemed to be within his reach.
    1.9 — Part 1 Chapter 9 (88% in)
  • Yes, and suppose your father should bring matters to a pass that will oblige you to decline marrying her—and to give your reasons?
    1.10 — Part 1 Chapter 10 (99% in)
  • Miss Nancy, indeed, had never been to any school higher than Dame Tedman's: her acquaintance with profane literature hardly went beyond the rhymes she had worked in her large sampler under the lamb and the shepherdess; and in order to balance an account, she was obliged to effect her subtraction by removing visible metallic shillings and sixpences from a visible metallic total.
    1.11 — Part 1 Chapter 11 (25% in)
  • I'm obliged to have the same as Nancy, you know, for all I'm five years older, and it makes me look yallow; for she never will have anything without I have mine just like it, because she wants us to look like sisters.
    1.11 — Part 1 Chapter 11 (28% in)
  • The delicate process of getting her narrow gown over her head without injury to her smooth curls, obliged Miss Priscilla to pause in this rapid survey of life, and Mrs. Osgood seized the opportunity of rising and saying— "Well, niece, you'll follow us."
    1.11 — Part 1 Chapter 11 (32% in)

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2  —2 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
Definition
grant a favor to someone
  • And you've got a good-natured brother, who'll keep your secret well, because you'll be so very obliging to him.
    1.3 — Part 1 Chapter 3 (45% in)
obliging = helpful or willing to be helpful
  • I'd nothing to do with that; you chose to be so obliging as to give it me, that was all.
    1.3 — Part 1 Chapter 3 (63% in)

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3  —1 use as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
Definition
grateful or indebted
  • "I'm obliged to you," said the farrier, with a snort of scorn.
    1.6 — Part 1 Chapter 6 (88% in)
obliged = grateful or indebted
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