Effort vs Oblige - What's the difference?

effort | oblige |


As verbs the difference between effort and oblige

is that effort is (uncommon|intransitive) to make an effort while oblige is .

As a noun effort

is the work involved in performing an activity; exertion.

effort

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • The work involved in performing an activity; exertion.
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  • An endeavour.
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  • A force acting on a body in the direction of its motion.
  • (Rankine)

    Usage notes

    * Adjectives often used with "effort": conscious, good, poor, etc.

    Synonyms

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    Derived terms

    * best efforts * centre of effort * effort distance * effortless * make an effort

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (uncommon) To make an effort.
  • (obsolete) To stimulate.
  • * Fuller
  • He efforted his spirits.

    Statistics

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    oblige

    English

    Verb

    (oblig)
  • 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.
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  • 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)

    Anagrams

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