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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I answered civilly that our duty obliged us to examine the drawer, and that if he still declined to produce the key, he would only oblige us to take the table away and have the lock opened by a smith.
Candor will oblige us to admit that even such men may be actuated by upright intentions; and it cannot be doubted that much of the opposition which has made its appearance, or may hereafter make its appearance, will spring from sources, blameless at least, if not respectable -- the honest errors of minds led astray by preconceived jealousies and fears.
Now, seeing that the customs of our land oblige us to marry without ever beholding the person with whom we are to pass our lives, a man has of course no right to complain as long as his wife is not absolutely repulsive, or is not positively deformed.
He said efforts should be exerted to prevent regional and international interventions which will oblige us to pay price and expose us to pressure , calling for avoiding unfulfillment of agreements, negligence of people's interests, entering the country into unjustified internal wars and foreign interventions that led to imposition of economic blockade and international isolation of our country , which , he elaborated , were shortcomings of the former regime.
Taking the side of the Sudan and backing up the procession of transformation taking place there, is a duty, religion and common destiny bonds oblige us to pursue, he remarked.
I don't mind if the boxes were given to us coinciding with Ramadan but not to oblige us to vote."
'I believe we have to get better in everything because we will play against a team and in a stadium which will oblige us to be more solid and have a different attitude.'
""We have to get better in everything because we will play against a team (United) and in a stadium, which will oblige us to be more solid and have a different attitude." Neymar is out with a metatarsal injury, while Cavani (left) suffered a thigh strain while scoring the o an winning penalty against Bordeaux.
'The vicious circle is perfect: foreign debt and foreign investment oblige us to multiply exports that they themselves devour.
Aoun said "the current circumstances surrounding Lebanon and the countries of the region oblige us to unite efforts to enable Lebanon to face looming challenges and meet deadlines, most notably the formation of a new government." The President Aoun cabled heads of Arab and Islamic countries congratulating them on al-Adha Eid, wishing them further safety, stability and prosperity.
"Knowing the past, and bearing in mind the hundreds of thousands of victims of the communist regime in our country," they wrote, "oblige us to a clear stance: Never more a "Victorious February" of anti-democratic forces and their foreign protectors." 26.
"WG and UK Government also oblige us to introduce new policies without giving us the money to fund them.
"The Middle East's extreme temperatures oblige us to find solutions," said Westin Doha GM Gianrico Esposito.
"In the last six months we maintained the lifeline set up for Greek banks and put enormous sums of money on the table … Our rules oblige us to stop immediately at the point when there is no prospect of a political accord on a programme, or at the point when the Greek banking system crumbles -- which would happen if it enters generalised default on all its debts."