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Altruistic, honorable behavior or deeds that are an assumed responsibility of people of nobility or, more broadly, economic privilege. Taken from French, literally meaning "nobility obligates." The president of the tech megacorporation seems fixated on noblesse obligé these days, seemingly spending more time doing volunteer and charity work than actually running his own company.
Rur. Thankful and owing a debt of gratitude. A: Sit down, Elmer, and have a drink on me. B: Much obliged.
oblige someone by something
to accommodate someone by doing something. Please oblige me by closing the window. Would you oblige me by accompanying me to the dance?
oblige someone to do something
to require someone to do something. You are obliged to arrive on time and enter by the side door. The lateness of the hour obliged Tony to enter by the back door.
oblige someone with something
to accommodate someone with something. He obliged her with a willing attitude. Please oblige me with a big piece of cake.