Oblige vs Obligated - What's the difference?

oblige | obligated |

As verbs the difference between oblige and obligated

is that oblige is while obligated is (obligate).

As an adjective obligated is

(north america|scottish) committed.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • To constrain someone by force or by social, moral or legal means.
  • I am obliged to report to the police station every week.
    {{quote-Fanny Hill, part=3 , Tho' he was some time awake before me, yet did he not offer to disturb a repose he had given me so much occasion for; but on my first stirring, which was not till past ten o'clock, I was oblig'd to endure one more trial of his manhood.}}
  • To do someone a service or favour (hence, originally, creating an obligation).
  • He obliged me by not parking his car in the drive.
  • *
  • To be indebted to someone.
  • I am obliged to you for your recent help.
  • To do a service or favour.
  • The singer obliged with another song.

    Derived terms

    * disoblige

    Usage notes

    "Obliged" has largely replaced "obligate"; the latter being more common in the the 17th through 19th centuries.The New Fowler’s Modern English Usage (1996)






  • (obligate)
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (North America, Scottish) committed
  • (North America, Scottish) having an obligation; obliged
  • Usage notes

    Now only in standard use in American English and some dialects such as Scottish,Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage,'' p. 675 having disappeared from standard British English by the 20th century, being replaced by obliged (it was previously used in the 17th through 19th centuries).''The New Fowler’s Modern English Usage (1996)


    * (having an obligation) obliged

    Derived terms

    * obligatedly

    See also

    * (adjective)