[ UK /əblˈa‍ɪd‍ʒɪŋ/ ]
[ US /əˈbɫaɪdʒɪŋ/ ]
  1. showing a cheerful willingness to do favors for others
    the obliging waiter was in no hurry for us to leave
    to close one's eyes like a complaisant husband whose wife has taken a lover
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How To Use obliging In A Sentence

  • From the first moment he interested me, especially for his obligingness and for his knowledge of local conditions.
  • But everyone agrees that the banks are still being disobliging. Times, Sunday Times
  • That was a mood encouraged by the obliging staff. Times, Sunday Times
  • She takes hold of my hand, and having roll'd up her own petticoats, forced it half strivingly towards those parts, where, now grown more knowing, I miss'd the main object of my wishes; and finding not even the shadow of what I wanted, where every thing was so flat, or so hollow, in the vexation I was in at it, I should have withdrawn my hand but for fear of disobliging her. Fanny Hill, Part II (first letter)
  • An uncompromising and rigid republican, he was called by Clarendon ‘an absurd bold man’, and by Ludlow, who knew him well, ‘a man of a disobliging carriage, sour and morose of temper’.
  • A female constable obligingly stepped out whenever the men wanted access Assiya.
  • They boost their own expenses and expand their empires and then, when they discover that they cannot deliver services, they turn to the obliging taxpayer.
  • And this open-handed warmth equally encompasses the friendly, obliging ship's crew.
  • Not only that: he is an unobliging historian, being thin on context and causes.
  • I look back upon myself at this time as upon a cantankerous, ill - tempered and unobliging child. Father and Son: a study of two temperaments
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