obliged (adj.) c.1600, pp. adjective from OBLIGE (Cf. oblige). To be obliged "be bound by ties of gratitude" is from 1540s.

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  • obliged — index accountable (responsible), bound, indebted, indentured, liable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • obliged — [adj] bound bounden, called by duty, committed, compelled, contracted, duty bound, enslaved, forced, indebted, indentured, obligated, pledged, required, tied, under obligation, urged; concept 554 …   New thesaurus

  • obliged — adj. 1) obliged to (I m obliged to you) 2) obliged to + inf. (we are obliged to attend all classes) * * * [ə blaɪdʒd] obliged to (I m obliged to you) obliged to + inf. (we are obliged to attend all classes) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Obliged — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • obliged — adj. 1 forced to do sth VERBS ▪ be, feel ADVERB ▪ by law (esp. BrE), contractually, legally ▪ Parents are obliged by law to send their children to school …   Collocations dictionary

  • obliged — Synonyms and related words: acknowledging, appreciative, beholden, beholden to, bound, bounden, bounden to, cognizant of, committed, compelled, crediting, duty bound, forced, grateful, in duty bound, indebted, indebted to, made, much obliged,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • obliged — /əˈblaɪdʒd/ (say uh bluyjd) verb 1. past tense and past participle of oblige. –phrase 2. much obliged, (an expression of gratitude.) …   Australian-English dictionary

  • obliged — adjective a) Under an obligation to do something for someone. b) Indebted because of a favor done …   Wiktionary

  • obliged — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. compelled, obligated, required; see bound 2 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. 1. required compelled, bound, forced. 2. indebted III (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Owing something, such as gratitude or appreciation,… …   English dictionary for students

  • obliged — É™ blaɪdÊ’d adj. committed, compelled o·blige || É™ blaɪdÊ’ v. obligate, compel; do something as a favor, accommodate …   English contemporary dictionary

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