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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References in classic literature ?
A short experiment, however, obliged them to give up the attempt, the snow lying in vast drifts, often higher than the horses' heads.
BAGHDAD/ Aswat al-Iraq: Baghdad Operations Command stressed that the adjacent areas around the capital are empty of any Da'ish formations, pointing that the strikes against them in Anbar obliged them to change positions.