(*blj"; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Obliged (*bljd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Obliging (*bl"jng).] [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.]
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He had obliged all the senators and magistrates firmly to himself.
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2. To constrain by physical, moral, or legal force; to put under obligation to do or forbear something.
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The obliging power of the law is neither founded in, nor to be measured by, the rewards and punishments annexed to it.
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Religion obliges men to the practice of those virtues which conduce to the preservation of our health.
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3. To bind by some favor rendered; to place under a debt; hence, to do a favor to; to please; to gratify; to accommodate.
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Thus man, by his own strength, to heaven would soar,
And would not be obliged to God for more.
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The gates before it are brass, and the whole much obliged to Pope Urban VIII.
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I shall be more obliged to you than I can express.
Mrs. E. Montagu.
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