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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Oblige  \O*blige"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Obliged};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Obliging}.]  [OF.  obligier,  F.  obliger,  L.  obligare;  ob 
  (see  {Ob-})  +  ligare  to  bind.  See  {Ligament},  and  cf 
  1.  To  attach,  as  by  a  bond.  [Obs.] 
  He  had  obliged  all  the  senators  and  magistrates 
  firmly  to  himself.  --Bacon. 
  2.  To  constrain  by  physical,  moral,  or  legal  force;  to  put 
  under  obligation  to  do  or  forbear  something 
  The  obliging  power  of  the  law  is  neither  founded  in 
  nor  to  be  measured  by  the  rewards  and  punishments 
  annexed  to  it  --South. 
  Religion  obliges  men  to  the  practice  of  those 
  virtues  which  conduce  to  the  preservation  of  our 
  health.  --Tillotson. 
  3.  To  bind  by  some  favor  rendered;  to  place  under  a  debt; 
  hence  to  do  a  favor  to  to  please;  to  gratify;  to 
  Thus  man,  by  his  own  strength,  to  heaven  would  soar, 
  And  would  not  be  obliged  to  God  for  more  --Dryden. 
  The  gates  before  it  are  brass,  and  the  whole  much 
  obliged  to  Pope  Urban  VIII.  --Evelyn. 
  I  shall  be  more  obliged  to  you  than  I  can  express. 
  --Mrs.  E. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Obliging  \O*bli"ging\,  a. 
  Putting  under  obligation;  disposed  to  oblige  or  do  favors; 
  hence  helpful;  civil;  kind 
  Mons.Strozzi  has  many  curiosities,  and  is  very  obliging 
  to  a  stranger  who  desires  the  sight  of  them  --Addison. 
  Syn:  Civil;  complaisant;  courteous;  kind  --  {Obliging}, 
  {Kind},  {Complaisant}. 
  Usage:  One  is  kind  who  desires  to  see  others  happy;  one  is 
  complaisant  who  endeavors  to  make  them  so  in  social 
  intercourse  by  attentions  calculated  to  please;  one 
  who  is  obliging  performs  some  actual  service,  or  has 
  the  disposition  to  do  so  --  {O*bli"ging*ly}.  adv  -- 
  {O*bli"ging*ness},  n. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  happy  to  comply  [syn:  {complying},  {yielding}] 
  2:  showing  a  cheerful  willingness  to  do  favors  for  others  "to 
  close  one's  eyes  like  a  complaisant  husband  whose  wife  has 
  taken  a  lover";  "the  obliging  waiter  was  in  no  hurry  for 
  us  to  leave"  [syn:  {complaisant}] 

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