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He obliged her by listening attentively.
  grateful or indebted — as in "I’m obliged to you."


required (obligated) to do something — as in "I’m obliged to do the job."


granted a favor for someone — as in "She asked for help and we obliged her."
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Strongly Associated with:   oblige, obliging
All the senses of oblige and obliged are related to doing for another.
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  • He obliged her by listening attentively.
  • They looked at me expectantly and I was obliged to comment.
  • I am much obliged to you.
  • ’They were obliged to have him with them,’ the Mock Turtle said:
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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  • cried Morris, with a laugh, "I am much obliged for that!"
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • but after three vollies, we were obliged to retreat also:
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • I was obliged to confess one thing, which for a time, and not unjustly, offended him.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • I was obliged to admit that I did know it for a certainty,
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Vague ideas passed through my mind, but every one I was obliged to reject.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Thus, many men of courage ... would be obliged to desert the colors and scurry like chickens.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage

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  • I’m obliged to you.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • At that moment there was a knocking at the door; and Eppie was obliged to rise without answering Silas.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • So obliged to you for the carriage last night.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • He was obliged to rub the frost off with the sleeve of his dressing-gown before he could see anything;
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • I couldn’t let my children be shabbily dressed; I have felt obliged to use up all he gave me for them, the sweet little darlings!
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • The woman could not read, and was obliged to employ another to read the letter.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • People’s always looking for somebody to come lead them. They have always done it-and the Lord has always obliged in some way or another.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • I feel obliged to bear her company, when I might prefer to be alone.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • I was obliged to leave Devonshire
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Perhaps it was the smile, or maybe the ever-ready love she saw in his eyes—easy and upfront, the way colts, evangelists and children look at you: with love you don’t have to deserve—that made her go ahead and tell him what she had not told Baby Suggs, the only person she felt obliged to explain anything to.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • So much obliged!
    Lewis Carroll  --  Through the Looking-Glass
  • Much flattered and obliged.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • I must be at Woodston on Monday to attend the parish meeting, and shall probably be obliged to stay two or three days.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • "Much obliged," I says.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • Plain sewing was the only thing I could get money by, so I was obliged to try and do it well.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • I am much obliged to you for one of the pleasantest evenings I ever spent in my life.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • We’re much obliged, but Miss Mattie Lou don’t need no more hep.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • I was obliged during the course of that first morning to go constantly in and out of the room, and so was unable to follow the proceedings at all fully.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • Fanny was obliged to introduce him to Mr. Crawford.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • had I been obliged, the next moment, to hurl myself out of the window, I should still have preferred such a fate.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • They were obliged to move.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • I may be obliged to leave the town.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • I much doubt whether she would not have sacrificed herself to a man she did not like, to have obliged her father.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • And so the crowd did as it were thrust me away from her, and that I was obliged unwillingly to take my leave.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • Alexandra was one of those people who had gone through life at no cost to themselves; had she been obliged to pay any emotional bills during her earthly life, Jean Louise could imagine her stopping at the check-in desk in heaven and demanding a refund.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Our enemies have never yet felt our united strength, the care of a navy divides our attention, and on land we are obliged to send our own citizens everywhere.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • "We’re obliged to take the ones that don’t."
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • If he knew I was doing a year from now already, he’d run and I’d be obliged to cheer him on.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I obliged, still very nervous.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • Things haven’t been the same between the two of us since that Collateral Damage tour, but the look she gives me now, I don’t know how to describe it: Like I’m her biggest disappointment in life, but she tries to rise above it, to tamp it down, to act all casual, like I’m just one of the fans, one of the hangers-on, one of the many people who want something from her that she’s not obliged to give.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Emma obliged him, touching a lit finger to the bowl of his pipe.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • He always obliged, telling them like secrets that could be entrusted only to me.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • During the next several days I was extremely busy unpacking my equipment and setting up my field laboratory — being obliged to usurp most of the limited space in the tiny cabin in the process.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Now I feel obliged to stay because my customers know to find me here.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I believe he sensed my appreciation and so obliged my request for an after-hours appointment.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I could have used his computer, but I still felt obliged to ask, and this just seemed easier.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • I decided I was obliged to honor the request, though my possession of a ukulele had rarely made anyone feel better.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • He wished Miss Perumal hadn’t mentioned the test, though of course she must have felt obliged to.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • "We are obliged to listen to the testimony, Matthew," said Captain Talcott reasonably.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • But just as he knew that the sun was obliged to rise each morning in the east, no matter how much a western arisal might have pleased it, so he knew that Buttercup was obliged to spend her love on him.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
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Associated words [difficulty]:   obliged [1] , oblige [2] , obliging [4] , obligation [1] , oblige [2] , obligate [3] , obligatory [4] , obliging [4]
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