Translation of oblige in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /əˈblaɪdʒ//əˈblʌɪdʒ/

transitive verb

  • 1

    (require, compel)
    to oblige sb to + inf obligar a algn a + inf
    • to be obliged to + inf
    • the delay obliged us to cancel the order el retraso nos obligó a cancelar el pedido
    • you're not obliged to attend no tienes obligación de asistir
    • I was obliged to leave early me vi obligado a irme temprano
    • I felt obliged to stay a bit longer me sentí obligado a quedarme un ratito más
  • 2

    (do favor for)
    he was always ready to oblige a friend estaba siempre dispuesto a hacerle un favor a un amigo
    • you would oblige me by leaving me alone me haría un favor si me dejara en paz
    • she obliged the guests with a song complació a los invitados cantando una canción
    • much obliged! muchas gracias
    • I'd be much obliged if you could help me le quedaría muy agradecido si pudiera ayudarme
    • we are greatly obliged to you for your help le estamos muy agradecidos por su ayuda

intransitive verb

  • 1

    he's always willing to oblige siempre está dispuesto a hacer un favor
    • I asked for help, but nobody obliged pedí ayuda pero nadie se ofreció
    • I regret that I am unable to oblige siento no poder complacerlo (/ complacerlos etc. )
    • anything to oblige con mucho gusto
    • Under the law, we were obliged to publish the paper within three months, failing which the permission would lapse.
    • A wife is legally obliged to obey her husband, reside where he wishes, and accept his surname.
    • Christian leaders are obliged to protect their citizens, by military force if need be.
    • The Dudleian lecturers insisted that natural religion pointed to a moral law that men were obliged to follow.
    • This September, I am legally obliged to renew my driver's licence.
    • The children just happened to be the beneficiaries of that exercise that she was legally obliged to provide because she was the mother.
    • British law obliges a parent, once his child is registered at a school, to ensure that he attends regularly; any white parent who kept his child away for so long would undoubtedly be prosecuted and punished.
    • The council will launch its annual registration drive at the end of August, and people are legally obliged to respond.
    • We live in a world in which there are many moral laws that people are obliged to conform to.
    • We are obliged to counsel for their assistance in this matter.
    • The reason for this exemption, according to the reasoning of the bill, is the lack of an international standard and practice obliging such persons to report suspicious operations and transactions.
    • Mr Butterfield was not a blood relative of Lady Hulton, and was not a person for whom she or any other members of the Reynolds' family was morally obliged to provide.
    • The principal drawback of a limited company is that you are legally obliged to file specific information in the Companies Office.
    • No soldier is obliged to obey an order contrary to the law of God.
    • In that way it was seen that the medical expenses incurred by the father could also be recovered if the father was legally obliged to pay them.
    • ‘I was brought up thinking work is something you are morally obliged to do,’ as one older man put it.
    • Women are also obliged to do military service, but are not required to serve in combat units.
    • Doctors and nurses were obliged to attend to patients so they could not be blamed for admitting the patients.
    • His hands were completely tied on this one, and those who now criticise him for doing what he was legally obliged to do are being unfair in the extreme to him.
    • If the law obliges us to pay our taxes, do the news and the weather, then we will.
    • Under the new law, parents are obliged to register their new born babies within 60 days of their birth.