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 for oblige
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Oblige \O*blige"\ ([-o]*bl[imac]j"; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Obliged ([-o]*bl[imac]jd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Obliging
     ([-o]*bl[imac]"j[i^]ng).] [OF. obligier, F. obliger, L.
     obligare; ob (see Ob-) + ligare to bind. See Ligament,
     and cf. Obligate.]
     1. To attach, as by a bond. [Obs.]
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              He had obliged all the senators and magistrates
              firmly to himself.                    --Bacon.
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     2. To constrain by physical, moral, or legal force; to put
        under obligation to do or forbear something.
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              The obliging power of the law is neither founded in,
              nor to be measured by, the rewards and punishments
              annexed to it.                        --South.
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              Religion obliges men to the practice of those
              virtues which conduce to the preservation of our
              health.                               --Tillotson.
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     3. To bind by some favor rendered; to place under a debt;
        hence, to do a favor to; to please; to gratify; to
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              Thus man, by his own strength, to heaven would soar,
              And would not be obliged to God for more. --Dryden.
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              The gates before it are brass, and the whole much
              obliged to Pope Urban VIII.           --Evelyn.
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              I shall be more obliged to you than I can express.
                                                    --Mrs. E.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: force somebody to do something; "We compel all students to
           fill out this form" [syn: compel, oblige, obligate]
      2: bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a
         contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise" [syn: oblige,
         bind, hold, obligate]
      3: provide a service or favor for someone; "We had to oblige
         him" [syn: oblige, accommodate] [ant: disoblige]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  55 Moby Thesaurus words for "oblige":
     accommodate, aid, assist, avail, benefit, bind, brook no denial,
     call for, cater to, coddle, coerce, commit, compel, concuss,
     constrain, contribute, convenience, cosset, demand, dictate,
     do a favor, do a service, do right by, exact, favor, force,
     give way to, gratify, help, humor, impose, indulge, insist upon,
     leave no option, make, make imperative, make incumbent,
     mollycoddle, necessitate, obligate, pamper, please, pledge, profit,
     require, saddle with, satisfy, serve, shotgun, show kindness to,
     spoil, take no denial, tie, treat well, yield to

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