oblige

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oblige

verb bind, coerce, compel, dragoon, elicit, exact, force, impel, impose, make another accept a role, make another accept responsibility for, make another party perform, obligate, require
See also: accommodate, aid, assign, assist, bear, bestow, bind, call, coerce, compel, constrain, delegate, demand, detail, dictate, enforce, enjoin, exact, excise, force, help, impose, let, necessitate, obligate, order, pander, patronize, permit, press, require, subject, suffer, supply, support, tolerate
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The law obliges them to stick it on, you know; but you can't tell the things apart.
George, smoking not quite so placidly as before, for since the entrance of Judy he has been in some measure disturbed by a fascination, not of the admiring kind, which obliges him to look at her as she stands by her grandfather's chair, "but on the whole, I am glad I wasn't now.
This unfortunate fete at the ambassador's deprives me of a pleasure, and obliges me to interrupt you.
We often pity the poor, because they have no leisure to mourn their departed relatives, and necessity obliges them to labour through their severest afflictions: but is not active employment the best remedy for overwhelming sorrow--the surest antidote for despair?
It is not a great sacrifice--it only obliges me to wait a week for Major Fitz-David's dinner-party.
Des Lupeaulx, like lawyers, magistrates, diplomatists, and all whose work obliges them to pry into the human heart, was past being surprised at anything.
But the nature of my errand here obliges me to touch--as lightly as possible--on something which has happened in your house without your knowledge.
Truth obliges us to confess that Rebecca had married a gentleman of this order.
Even when a glaze comes over them (which is sometimes the case), and he seems to wander away into a frightful sort of dream in which he threatens most, he obliges me to know it, and to know that he is sitting close at my side, more terrible to me than ever.
I only say to you what the lamentable state of my health obliges me to say to everybody.
Dances and marches are performed alternately, to the enlivening strains of a piano; and now and then some gentleman or lady (whose proficiency has been previously ascertained) obliges the company with a song: nor does it ever degenerate, at a tender crisis, into a screech or howl; wherein, I must confess, I should have thought the danger lay.