Obliging is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
When learning new words, it's important to see how they're used, or to see them in the different contexts in which they're often used, and that's just what we'll do to help you better understand obliging (and many other English words!). By seeing different ways you can use obliging in a sentence, as well as synonyms and antonyms of obliging, you will have a much better grasp on how it should be used, and you'll feel more confortable with using it much sooner.
Below you will find the definition of obliging, followed by 42 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - showing a cheerful willingness to do favors for others
EXAMPLES - Obliging in a Sentence
- There was always an obliging sunset and dear old Michael would usually play his harmonica. (source)
- "Well, that's nice," I said, a bit dryly, "I don't know whether He's been quite so obliging to me." (source)
- "News is a genre that is less ruthless than other genres in obliging people to retire," Tyndall says. (source)
- Of course, they started doing that a long time ago, and a lot of people are obliging them, me included. (source)
- He reined in his pride and changed his tactics again, not obliging Kahlan with foolhardy counterattacks. (source)
- It is in this environment that obliging, irresponsible media exploits a dangerous and vulnerable mindset. (source)
- The versatile and obliging Park Ji-sung moves to right-back, while Pogba slots into the centre of midfield. (source)
- I am obliging ... here are the rules: a. Tell three things about yourself, two should be true and one a lie. (source)
- How very obliging of you to interpret what Rod may be too shy to say himself re content of readers 'comments! (source)
- Using their answers, and my editing skills - it was only a matter of minutes before they were "obliging" my requests. (source)
- Wolverhampton Wanderers were obliging opponents, just as Chelsea discovered during their own mini-crisis two weeks earlier. (source)
- He greeted just about everybody with an obliging half-bow, hands clasped in thanks, and wore the usual robe and greenish Crocs. (source)
- The American was an obliging opponent, his mistimed challenge enabling Wayne Rooney to end his 150-day run without scoring a goal. (source)
- He did not really see Uncle Will, obliging as he had shown himself, setting out deliberately to help a minion of the evil witch, publicity. (source)
- Zipping from the VIP area to the jam-packed balcony, we encounter Angela Kinsey from "The Office" who is happily obliging requests for photos. (source)
- If you buy the June 2011 contract, you are obliging yourself to acquire 100 ounces of the metal at a price of $120,000 at the end of that month. (source)
- He was what they called "obliging" -- a man who instinctively did the thing which he saw would help another, no matter how trivial or homely it was. (source)
- Remember the grief Morgan Freeman took from Spike Lee when he played the obliging chauffeur in Driving Miss Daisy, the nearest recent equivalent of The Help? (source)
- He absolutely loved obliging the politicians and Wall Street with perpetual easy money and progressively more lax bank regulation and lowered reserve requirements. (source)
- Earlier this year the Argentinian government issued a decree obliging ships using Argentinian ports to seek a permit if they enter or leave British-controlled waters. (source)
- The riots will, I hope, supply the bitter consolation of obliging London's politicians to acknowledge more candidly that the great megacity has failed a great many who live there. (source)
- Timisoara were such obliging opponents that there was not a single moment when it looked as though Mancini had been even slightly reckless in fielding such an experimental line-up. (source)
- Even allowing for the most obliging of circumstances, it's difficult to see how theatre can pack so much as a glancing punch at figures of real power in Israel, Palestine or anywhere. (source)
- Ingratiating himself to an American audience, Cameron, ever the obliging PR man, told two TV stations that Britain was the US's "junior partner" in 1940, the year of the Battle of Britain. (source)
- "Oh, all right, I'll shoot him then!" called obliging Stubby, whistling for the dog -- while all morning long the woman grieved over having sent a helpless little dog away with that perfectly (source)
- Yet it is ungrateful to be grave, when practically you are good and just about the letters, and generous too sometimes, and I could not bear the idea of obliging you to write to me, even once ... when .... (source)
- This law extends the rights-holder status of sports federations from broadcasting to betting, obliging gambling firms who offer markets on France-based events to pay a fee akin tothat for television rights. (source)
- To be fair to them -- they are really the obliging tools of capitalism's "invisible hand" -- if the incentives permit, indeed favor, the flow of capital to places that hurt the American economy -- then so be it. (source)
- President Johnson was even more obliging than Kennedy; flush with U.S. foreign aid, the Israelis spent increasing amounts on defense - 9.5 percent of GDP in 1965, 10.4 percent in 1966, 17.7 percent in 1967 and 26.3 percent in 1971. (source)
- As the second horniest animated corpse in theaters this season, the Spirit is irresistible to every woman he meets, and since most women he meets look like Eva Mendes or Scarlet Johansson, he's understandably obliging to their advances. (source)
- By the way, the conspiring on the right goes beyond this: The Daily Caller appears to be deliberately picking subjects from J-List threads that will get it maximum pickup from the conservative media -- and right-leaning outlets are obliging. (source)
- Love such as his, in a man like himself, must with perseverance secure a return, and at no great distance; and he had so much delight in the idea of obliging her to love him in a very short time, that her not loving him now was scarcely regretted. (source)
- No matter: this book will be a bestseller despite the foregoing, read this summer by Britons lying on foreign beaches thinking homey thoughts from abroad, rarely troubled by the thought that it is an obliging imposture devoid of intellectual challenge. (source)
- As they walked thither, he told her that some one -- a turnkey, or some one -- would have to be present at the interview; that such was always the rule in the case of condemned prisoners; but that if this third person was "obliging," he would keep out of earshot. (source)
- The ministry should prioritize implementation of a 2011 ministerial decision obliging employers to pay domestic workers' salaries into bank accounts, which will make it harder to cheat workers out of their wages, and easier to resolve salary claims quickly and fairly. (source)
- If at that stage, Portugal has improved its finances and the healing in the financial sector has progressed enough, the idea of obliging the private Greek debt holders to participate in the cleaning up of the Greek mess might be too attractive for cash-strapped EMU governments. (source)
- I answered this worthy man, and told him my sister's reserve, as to her husband's treatment of her: he praised her prudence, and added, "your father had two motives in obliging her to marry the Count; he was disappointed in both, for he was no stranger to her situation before he died." (source)
- Granted Rabotnicki were unexpectedly obliging hosts but with his, ableit at times understandably ring rusty, visitors playing with real width and disciplined intelligence? tellingly, no one was booked? the early signs are Hodgson's unfolding Anfield story could be well worth sticking with. (source)
- (Soundbite of music) (Soundbite of TV show "Clouds of Witness") Mr. IAN CARMICHAEL (Actor): (as Lord Peter) You know, I've always thought those obliging criminals who strewed their tracks with articles of personal adornment were an invention of detective fiction for the benefit of the author. (source)
- First performed in 1993, "Killer Joe" is a blacker-than-black comedy about a shiftless drug dealer (Kevin Bigley) who hires an obliging off-duty cop (Darrell W. Cox) to murder his mother, offering the favors of his unwitting kid sister (Claire Wellin) as a down payment on the cop's chunk of the money from the mother's life-insurance policy. (source)
- Such an idealized person (the authorized judge of conscience) must be one who knows the heart; for the tribunal is set up in the inward part of man; at the same time he must also be all-obliging, that is, must be or be conceived as a person in respect of whom all duties are to be regarded as his commands; since conscience is the inward judge of all free actions. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 42 example sentences provided below is 51.0, which suggests that "obliging" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 20 synonyms for obliging.
accommodating, agreeable, amiable, cheerful, civil, complaisant, considerate, cooperative, courteous, eager to please, easy, easygoing, good-humored, good-natured, hospitable, kind, lenient, mild, polite, willing
We have 6 antonyms for obliging.
disobliging, inconsiderate, mean, uncooperative, unfriendly, unhelpful
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of obliging from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Ready to do favors for others; accommodating.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Happy and ready to do favours for others.
- (verb) Present participle of oblige.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Putting under obligation; disposed to oblige or do favors; hence, helpful; civil; kind.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Having a disposition to oblige or confer favors; ready to do a good turn or to be of service: as, an obliging neighbor; hence, characteristic of one who is ready to do a favor; accommodating; kind; complaisant: as, an obliging disposition.
- (None) Synonyms Friendly. See polite.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) showing a cheerful willingness to do favors for others