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oblige
used in The Witch of Blackbird Pond

2 meanings, 2 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
I am obliged by law.
Definition
require (obligate) to do something
  • "We are obliged to listen to the testimony, Matthew," said Captain Talcott reasonably.
    p. 213.3
obliged = required (obligated)
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2  —1 use as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
Definition
grateful or indebted
  • I shouldn't have accepted her help, but 'tis a tricky job, and when she came along I was greatly obliged to her.
    p. 132.5
obliged = grateful
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