Oblige O*blige" ([-o]*bl[imac]j"; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Obliged} ([-o]*bl[imac]jd"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Obliging} ([-o]*bl[imac]"j[i^]ng).] [OF. obligier, F. obliger, L. obligare; ob (see {Ob-}) + ligare to bind. See {Ligament}, and cf. {Obligate}.] 1. To attach, as by a bond. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

He had obliged all the senators and magistrates firmly to himself. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. To constrain by physical, moral, or legal force; to put under obligation to do or forbear something. [1913 Webster]

The obliging power of the law is neither founded in, nor to be measured by, the rewards and punishments annexed to it. --South. [1913 Webster]

Religion obliges men to the practice of those virtues which conduce to the preservation of our health. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

3. To bind by some favor rendered; to place under a debt; hence, to do a favor to; to please; to gratify; to accommodate. [1913 Webster]

Thus man, by his own strength, to heaven would soar, And would not be obliged to God for more. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The gates before it are brass, and the whole much obliged to Pope Urban VIII. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

I shall be more obliged to you than I can express. --Mrs. E. Montagu. [1913 Webster]

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