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noun [countable/uncountable]     obligation pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    something that you must do for legal or moral reasons
    obligation to do something:

    Buyers have no legal obligation to disclose personal financial information.

    meet/honor/fulfill an obligation:

    The park service has failed to fulfill its statutory obligation to the public.

    without (any) obligation:

    Estimates are available on request, without obligation.

    have an obligation to someone/something:

    The firm has an obligation to its clients.

  2. 2
    a grateful feeling that you have toward someone who has done something for you
    obligation to/toward:

    She felt a certain obligation toward him because of everything he had done for her in the past.

    sense of obligation:

    Emma felt a tremendous sense of obligation toward her sister.


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