Obligar in English | Spanish to English Translation and Dictionary
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transitive verb
  • obligar a alguien a hacer algo/a que haga algo to oblige o force somebody to do something, to make somebody do something
  • yo no quería hacerlo, me obligaron I didn't want to do it, they forced me to o they made me
  • no lo compres, nadie te obliga don't buy it, nobody is forcing you
  • la obligué a que me contestase I forced her to answer me, I made her answer me
pronominal verb
  • obligarse a hacer algo to undertake to do something
transitive verb
1 (forzar) to force
obligar a algn a hacer algo to force sb to do sth; me han obligado a venir they forced me to come
nadie te obliga a aceptar este empleo tú me obligas a tomar esta decisión
la obligan a estudiar francés they make her study French
2 [+ley, norma]
la disposición obliga a todos los contribuyentes all taxpayers are bound to observe this requirement; this requirement is binding on all taxpayers
3 (empujar) to force
solo se puede cerrar el cajón obligándolo you can't get the drawer shut except by forcing it
pronominal verb
tengo que obligarme a ir al gimnasio cada día I have to force myself to go to the gym every day; me obligo a cumplir los términos del contrato I undertake to fulfil the terms of the contract
Verb Conjugations for obligar
Gerund: obligando
Participle: obligado
The irregular conjugations of this verb are in red.
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