oblige (one) to (do something)

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oblige (one) to (do something)

To compel, bind, or otherwise force one to do something out of a moral or legal obligation. You cannot oblige your employees to put themselves in harm's way. It's simply not the case that pregnancy obliges a couple to get married any longer.
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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.
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However, for member states that opt, or have opted for, the vignette system, they say the Commission should oblige them to propose a daily, weekly, monthly and annual system, with an amount calculated pro rata, which is not discriminatory for short periods (principally concerning foreign users).
The Tokyo District Court on Thursday ruled against a Kyoto lawyer and nearly 350 junior high school students and parents who argued in a 1997 damages suit that the state cannot oblige them to use government-approved history textbooks they believe are not nationalistic enough.