oblige etymology

English word oblige comes from Latin ligandus, Latin ob- (Towards; against.), Latin ob

Detailed word origin of oblige

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
ligandus Latin (lat)
ob- Latin (lat) Towards; against.
ob Latin (lat) Against; facing. In the direction of, to, towards. On account of, according to, because of, due to, for (the purpose of).
obligo Latin (lat) (rare) I bind together.. (rare) I tie, fasten.. I bind in obligation, make liable.. I make guilty.. I mortgage, pawn.. I restrain, impede.
obliger Old French (fro)
oblige English (eng) (intransitive) To be indebted to someone.. (intransitive) To do a service or favour.. (transitive) To constrain someone by force or by social, moral or legal means.. (transitive) To do someone a service or favour (hence, originally, creating an obligation).

Words with the same origin as oblige

Descendants of ob-
bob object objection objective obligation oblivion obscure observation observe obsessive obsolete obstacle obtain obvious occasion occasional occupation occupy occur offend offender offensive offer opportunity
Descendants of ob
occupational occurrence oppose oppression pose