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  1. 1
    forced to do something for legal or moral reasons
    under an obligation to do something:

    The court held that the bank was under an obligation to return the deposit.

    Our client is under no obligation to accept your offer.

    place/put someone under an obligation:

    Local authorities should be placed under an obligation to complete the work.

  2. 2
    feeling grateful towards someone who has done something for you
    under an obligation to:

    I just don’t want to be under an obligation to him.

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