Word of the Week: Oblige

Every week we’ll be featuring an exceptional, useful, or just plain weird word. Use it to inspire a poem, impress your coworkers, or scare away the person sitting too close to you on the bus.


The word of the week is oblige.


1. To constrain someone by force or by social, moral or legal means.
2. To do someone a service or favour (hence, originally, creating an obligation).

force – compel – obligate – constrain – coerce – bind

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