obliging

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Oblige \O*blige"\ ([-o]*bl[imac]j"; 277), verb (used with an object) [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. {Obligate}.]

1. To attach, as by a bond. [Obs.]

He had obliged all the senators and magistrates firmly to himself. --Bacon.

2. To constrain by physical, moral, or legal force; to put under obligation to do or forbear something.

The obliging power of the law is neither founded in, nor to be measured by, the rewards and punishments annexed to it. --South.

Religion obliges men to the practice of those virtues which conduce to the preservation of our health. --Tillotson.

3. To bind by some favor rendered; to place under a debt; hence, to do a favor to; to please; to gratify; to accommodate.

Thus man, by his own strength, to heaven would soar, And would not be obliged to God for more. --Dryden.

The gates before it are brass, and the whole much obliged to Pope Urban VIII. --Evelyn.

I shall be more obliged to you than I can express. --Mrs. E. Montagu.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

obliging \o*bli"ging\ ([-o]*bl[imac]"j[i^]ng), adjective Putting under obligation; disposed to oblige or do favors; hence, helpful; civil; kind.

Mons. Strozzi has many curiosities, and is very obliging to a stranger who desires the sight of them. --Addison.

Syn: Civil; complaisant; courteous; kind, -- {Obliging}, {Kind}, {Complaisant}.

Usage: One is kind who desires to see others happy; one is complaisant who endeavors to make them so in social intercourse by attentions calculated to please; one who is obliging performs some actual service, or has the disposition to do so. -- {O*bli"ging*ly}. adverb -- {O*bli"ging*ness}, noun

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

obliging

adjective

1: showing a cheerful willingness to do favors for others; "to close one's eyes like a complaisant husband whose wife has taken a lover"; "the obliging waiter was in no hurry for us to leave" [syn: {complaisant}, {obliging}]

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