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verb oblige pronunciation in American English /əˈblaɪdʒ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyoblige
he/she/itobliges
present participleobliging
past tenseobliged
past participleobliged

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  1. 1
    [transitive] [usually passive] formal to force someone to do something because it is the law, a rule, or a duty
    be/feel obliged to do something: Employers are legally obliged to pay the minimum wage.
    They felt obliged to offer him hospitality.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to help someone by doing something that they have asked you to do
    The neighbors asked to borrow our ladder, and I duly obliged.
    happy/glad/willing to oblige: If there’s anything else I can do, I’m always happy to oblige.

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