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Oblis, v. Also: oblise, -lys(e, -lyis, -lyes, -lic(e, -lyce, obelis, obelys; obles, -les(s)e, -lesce, obleis, -leas; oblisch, -lish(e, -lysh, ob(b)lych; obles(c)h, -leish(e, -liesh; obliste. P.t. and p.p. oblist(e, oblest, obleist(e, obleast, oblis(s)it, obles(s)it, oblisht, oblycht, oblischit, -ed, obles(c)hed, etc. [ME. oblis(c)he(n (1297), -lesche, -lys(s) (1405), p.p. oblisht (Wyclif), var. of Oblige v. After the early 15th c., only Sc.]Also, esp. in senses 1 and 2, coupled with synonyms, as act, astrict, bind, hald, swere, qq.v. for further examples.

1. passive. To be legally or morally bound or pledged or to be bound by an oath, promise or contract (to a person, to do something, that something be done, etc.).Also freq. coupled with next sense, q.v. for examples.(1) 1385 Red Bk. Grandtully I. 139*.
[He] wes oblyste lelly to fulfyl … my determinacyoun
1406 Rep. Hist. MSS., Var. Coll.V. 79.
Thir conandis lely to kepe … the said pairtis ar oblist be gude faith
c1420 Wynt. viii. 260. 1497 Reg. Cupar A. I. 309.
The said Thomas is oblyst and sworne be bodyly atht to be leyl and trew
1520 Grant Chart. 64.
The said Johne the Grant is bundin and oblist to caus thame to be handfast and put togiddir
(b) 1428 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 460.
Oblisit
1466 Newburgh B. Ct. 13 a.
Oblysit
1583 Cal. Sc. P. VI. 411.
Oblissid
(c) 1448 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 17.
John Stephinson is obleiste … to keipe the said plegis
1475 Peebles B. Rec. I. 174.
Oblest
1523–4 Mill Mediæv. Plays 123.
He beand obleist in iugment be his hand wphaldin to fulfill thair deliuerance
1564 Reg. Privy C. I. 302.
[They] ar actit and obleist … to keip guid rewll in the cuntre
1558-66 Knox I. 344.
Obleast
1598 James VI Basil. Doron 84/1.
Quhair be thaire naturall deutie thay are obleist to obeye the law
1638 Henderson Serm. 23.
Is there any of you but ye are obleist to be holy?
1653 Lanark B. Rec. 152.
He wes obleist wnder the paine of fyve hundreth merkis nevir to be fund drunk
1693 Cramond Kirk S. III. 11 Apr.
Sir John is not obleist to answer thairto till [etc.]
(d) 1577 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. I. 57.
Oblesit
1630 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 340.
Obleissit
1637 Aberd. B. Rec. III. 109.
The said maister be nawayes obleisit to resawe within the hous naturall fooles, bedleims, [etc.]
(e) 1580 Hay in Cath. Tr. (S.T.S.) 62/18.
Everie subiect is oblished in his conscience … to obey the iust lawes of his magistrat
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Iter.
The lords and maisters ar oblished likewise to … giue presence to the justice in his aire
1615 Highland P. III. 278.
I am many wise oblished to rander many thanks [etc.]
1627 Misc. Hist. Soc. I. 87.
Your lordschip is oblischit to mak compt … off the debtis auchtand to Brochtoun
a1633 Hope Major Pract. I. 254.
Oblisht
1643 St. A. Presb. ii.
Obleished
1644 E. Loth. Antiq. Soc. IV. 32.(2) a1400 Leg. S. xxxviii. 165.
He wes obliste til his wyfe To speke with hir in-to his lyfe
1409 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 74.
Vs … to be oblist & faithfully bondyn til a nobil … knycht … to refonde … a hvndir ponde
c1420 Wynt. viii. 1694.
Oblysyd
1462 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 22.
The forsaid lorde is oblist till ws … to keipe ws in oure fredomes
c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 1983.
Quhow ȝe ar oblist to me Me to deliuer Cesare the citie
1611-57 Mure True Crucifixe 2902.
To God, to man, by whatsoever bands, What thou to doe or suffer oblisht stands
(3) 1398–9 Acts I. 211/1.
At the Kyng be obliste that he sal nocht lette his office
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 240/9.
And all the lordis … war oblist … that thai suld let it at thair powere
1529 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 17.
He beand oblist … that na scaith … sall [etc.]
(b) c1420 Wynt. viii. 1977.
Oblysyd
1436 15th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. viii. 45.
At all thir condiciounis … sall … be kepit, the partyis … ar bodely oblissit
(c) 1527–8 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 93.
For obseirving … of thir premises ather of the said parteis ar oblest and bodely sworne ather of thaim quha sa failyeis … sex schoir of poundis … to be pait
1643 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 9.
Obleist
(d) 1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Colrach.
Ane pledge or cautioner … salbe bundin & oblished that [etc.]
(4) 1420–1 Reg. Great S. 30/1.
At thir condicionnys sal be … kepyt … the forsaid lord and his forsaid squyar ar oblist ilkane til other
1439 Inchaffray Chart. 137. 1447 Newbattle Coll. (Somerville).
Me Henry Wer … be the gret ath sworn straytly tyl be oblysyt tyl ane worchypful lorde that [etc.]
1454–5 Edinb. Chart. 79. 1472 Misc. Spald. C. V. 288.
The said lord … is bundine and sickerly oblyst to the said community … that he sal be to them good lord
1520 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 306. 1586 Misc. Spald. C. IV. 237.(5) 1398 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 38.
To the fulfillyng of the qwhilk [repayment] the erle … is oblist be his letter
c1420 Wynt. ii. 1148.
The lordys walde noucht wndo The band that thai war oblysyd to
c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 9/18.
That all person havand wit … is oblist to confessioun anys in the ȝeire
Id. Mir. I. 49/17.
The pane that we are oblist to for oure syn
1515 Fam. Rose 186.
To the … keeping of all thir … conditionis … bayth the sadis parteis ar oblist and suorn ayn till other
1560 Knox II. 80.
Thay quhilkis hes presentit the said petitioun sall be obleist thairunto
(6) 1473 Reg. Cupar A. I. 199.
For the mare securite Siluester of Retre … is oblist to ws … for the said Robert and Thomas
1638 Henderson Serm. 398.
If thou be obleist for thy soul, then thou art much obleist For them who has given a price for thy soul
1655 Rothesay B. Rec. 4.
John Bannatyne actit himselff obleist for his wyff and familie that they sould not trubill Patrik Glas
(7) 1566 Reg. Privy S.V. ii. 90/2.
For the quhilk [sum] Thomas Tulloch … and Gilbert Balfoure … ar oblist
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 319.
Sic as salbe obleist for the mantenance of the religioun
1587 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 30.
That hie … sall not be fande obleist in vairandice bot for his awin deid allanerlie
1587–8 St. A. Kirk S. 613.
[They] ar oblist to the said Dauid for the said Patrikis lawty and remaning with him
1595 Misc. Spald. C. II. 131.
And the said Arthure is becom oblessit for his releif
1630 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 331.
Obleished
(8) 1456 Hay I. 123/17.
Gif … the vassallis war … oblist be certayn condicionis
Ib. II. 20/7.
To … defend it aganis the … evill willaris of the Kirk … as thai ar oblist in taking of the said ordre of knychthede
1482 Edinb. Chart. 156.
We the laif of the saidis personis principaly oblist aboue writtin … has gart hing our propir selis
1520 Peebles B. Rec. I. 51.
In witnes of the quhilk thing aythir of thir said pairteis ar oblist and suorin
1596 Dalr. II. 79/32.
This is set doun in writt, quhair baith the kingis ar oblist, confirmet with bayth thair seales
1639 Kirkcaldy Presb. 161.
The minister … being demandit why he preaches bot once upon the sabbath, he anserit … that he was no further oblished
16.. Admir. Ct. Form 63 b.
The haill companie caryes the riske and the mr and company are obleist to the merchants

To be bound or contracted to or til another b. in support, homage, service, or the like, c. in a sum of money.b. 1408 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 70.
That thai salbe oblist of special duelling and retenew til our saide lorde
c1420 Wynt. ii. 1120.
Bot off thaire wyll to Josue In serwys thai walde oblysyde be
1456 Hay I. 128/19.
As he is oblist till his lord
1526 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. I. 154.
Oblest
1540 Lynd. Sat.1231.
Or to prelats mak ȝour progressioun Quhilks ar obleist to ȝow als weill as I
c1575 Balfour Pract. 18.
All schireffis sould have ane clerk … quhilk sall have na lig nor band or ony wayis be bund and oblist to the schiref bot to the King allanerlie
c. 1407 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 65.
We … are oblist tyll Thomas Purvais in a somme of siluer
1407 Bk. Carlaverock II. 417.
Oblycht
1456 Hay I. 235/20. Ib. 237/35.
Suppos thai war oblist till ony merchand of Paris in xxti thousand lib.
1476 Acta Aud. 54/1.
In the quhilk excrescens abone fourty li., the said Johne Martyne is oblist ȝerly into the said Johne Lord Lindesay be his obligatione

d. To be pledged or sworn (as) caution(er. 1582 St. A. Kirk S. 492.
Jhone Hagy … is oblist cautioun for hir
1594 Acts IV. 81/1.
That the said Alexr … standis obleist as cawtioner and souertie for the said Frances
1612 Orkney & Shetl. Ct. Bk. (ed.) 24. 1649 Stirling Merch. Guild 64. 1681 G. Fraser Lowland Lore (1880) 3.

e. In somewhat weakened sense: To be under a necessity, to behove, to need (to do something). a1400 Leg. S. xxix. 4.
For ilke man quha tent wil to Is oblyst lang penance to do
c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 41/4.
Ȝong personis … ar nocht oblist to fast all Lentryne
1513 Doug. xi. iv. 91.
Sa till hym that he oblist is … to set Ȝon Turnus slauchter for owr recompens
1573-1600 Cath. Tr. (S.T.S.) 249/12.
Lawes … to whilkes al Christien men ar oblesed … to rander obedience
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. i. 67.
He is oblissed to acquite and clenge himselfe be the judgement of God

2. reflex. To bind, pledge or commit oneself by an oath, promise or contract.Const. as sense 1, with which in some instances examples of this sense are coupled.In the legal contexts the reflex. pron. is commonly coupled with one or more of the terms for heirs or successors.(1) a1400 Leg. S. xxxiii. 503.
I oblise me … But ransoninge to thole dede
1400 Maxwell Mem. I. 138.
Tyl al thir thyngis … the forsayd Schyr Jon … and hys sone … oblysis thaim to fulfyll
1423 Charter (Reg. H.) C.O. No. 37.
The qwhilkys forsutht power … I oblys & byndis me … to obserue
1441–2 Foulis Chart. MS. (Reg. H.) 18 Jan.
Giff [etc.] … I obelis me … to pay [etc.]
Ib.
Obelys
1446 Reg. Episc. Brechin. I. 105.
Oblyis
Ib. 108.
Oblys
1511 Reg. Privy S. I. 347/1.
We … oblicis us and our successouris to [etc.]
1526–7 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 84.
[They] has oblyest thaim be the fatht in thair bodyes to stand at [etc.]
1558–9 Inverness Rec. I. 28.
He oblist hyme self to pas nocht to ane mercat for the space of ane yer
1584 Sempill Sat. P. xlv. 803. 1589 Edinb. B. Rec.V. 8. 1609 Skene Reg. Maj. Table 84.
Oblissis
1668 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds I. 178.
Oblisses
(b) 1481–2 Misc. Spald. C. II. 324.
Tyll boyn and oblesce ws … tyll say or synge a daly meis
1509 Ib. IV. 195.
Oblessand me … to honnour … and serue the said noble lord
1564 St. A. Kirk S. 233.
Obles
c1590 Fowler II. 185/8.
Oblesse
1623 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 216.
Efter intaiking thairof … he obleiseit him … to transport his said bark … to Quhitbe
1653 Lanark B. Rec. 152.
Obleissis
1662 Orkney Antiq. Soc.V. 15.
The said Thomas Baikie faithfully promitts binds and obleiss him his airis executoris and assignis to cause build ane great boat
1678 Musselburgh 138.
Obleisses
(c) 1391 Floors Indenture 23 June.
And I … and my ayris obblychis vs to … hald the commoun lelely
1407 Bk. Carlaverock II. 418.
Oblych
(d) 1585 Acts III. 389/2.
The said erle … oblishit him to [etc.]
1594 Bk. Univ. Kirk III. 822.
Obleishes
1597 James VI Dæmonol. 20.
He will oblish himselfe to enter in a dead bodie
1640 Boharm Kirk S. 2 Aug.
Oblished
1644 E. Loth. Antiq. Soc. IV. 25.
Oblishis
1715 Cunningham Diary 28.
Obleishes
(2) 1391 14th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. iii. 13.
I … and my ayris obblych vs to the forsaid Wauter … to hald this conand lelyly
1515 Douglas Corr. 318.
We … promettys and … oblyshis us elkene to othir one the faythe … in our bodys to take elken othir partes [etc.]
1548 Armstrong Hist. Liddesdale I. lxxxvii.
Oblesses
(3) 1402 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 54.
The said Alexander is oblyst and be this present letteris lelli oblise hym that [etc.]
1423 (1430) Reg. Great S. 31/1. 1447 Cart. S. Giles 78. a1500 Henr. Fab. 2688 (Bann.).
I oblis me rycht heir That I sall byd ane vnsuspect assys
1546 Stirling B. Rec. I. 42. 1592 St. A. Kirk S. 737.
Dauid Gourlay … oblissis him, his aris executouris and assinis … that [etc.]
1643 Alyth Kirk S. in Sc. N. & Q. 1 Ser. XII. 60.
Jannet Palmer and Jannet Syme … have oblissit themselves that [etc.]
(b) 1526 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. I. 154.
We bind and obles ws and our successouris … that [etc.]
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 308.
We obleis ws and promeis that … the said abstinence of weir … sall continew
a1578 Pitsc. I. 27/2. 1630 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 323. 1681 G. Fraser Lowland Lore (1880) 3.(c) 1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Sacerborgh.
To knit and oblish him in the handes of ane officiar … that he sal persew
1639 Alyth Par. Ch. 69.
Oblishit
(4) 1409 Exch. R. IV. ccix.
The saide Archibald Erle of Douglas is oblisit and oblisis him as is beforesaid till the saide Duc of Albany … that he sal be til him … lele counselour
1426 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 202. 1513–4 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 145. 1545 Blackfriars Perth 171.(5) 1399 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 41.
Til al thir thingis forwretyne … I oblyce me
1446 Reg. Episc. Brechin. I. 105.
To this I oblys me be the trouth of my body [etc.]
1482 Edinb. Chart. 156. 1495 Acta Conc. I. 388/2.
The said William oblist him therto be extensioun of his hand
1519 Lennox Mun. 215.
Obles
1562-3 Winȝet I. 56/10.
Oblising him self to sik ressoning in word or writt
1591 Misc. Spald. C. II. 219.
We haif sene quhat your predicessouris oblist thame and thair successouris to the same effect of befor
1598 Murray Lyon Hist. Lodge Edinb. ii. 1456 Hay I. 184/8.
Bot ilke man wate wele that a man to oblis him to the dede is agaynis all gude custumes
1533 Gau 105/28.
Quhen Adam sinnit he oblist hime self and al his ofspring to the eternal deid
(6) 1456 Hay I. 183/16.
And tharapon he oblist him be his lautee and faith
(7) 1476 Swintons App. lxii.
And for the foulfillyne and kepyn of all the condicionis abone wryting, ather of the said partis oblis tham til vtheris
1507 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 709.
For the quhilk leane of the gold … I bind and oblisis me my airis [etc.]
1550 Rep. Sir Arch. Grant Mun. 239.
Oblesis
1570 Leslie 139.
Oblisand thame for guid rule
1613 Orkney & Shetl. Ct. Bk. (ed.) 69.
The said David obleissis him for the saidis Johne and Gilberteis releif
1655 Rothesay B. Rec. 6.
Obleisses
(8) 1463 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 375.
We oblisis ws ane as baith & bath as ane juntly & seueraly
1542 Prot. Bk. Sir Wm. Corbet 3.
In witnes quhairof the said Johne and Thomas has oblyst tham
1546 Lynd. Trag. Card. 331.
Quhen ȝe wer consecrat, Ȝe oblyste ȝow all on the sammyn wyse
1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 22.
Remembir howfar … ȝe haif obleist ȝour selffis befoir the haill warld
1638 Henderson Serm. 27.
We have oblished ourselves by our subscription already; what then needs us to obleish ourselves over again by our oath?

b. To bind or contract oneself in support, service, etc., to another. 1409 Exch. R. IV. ccix.
Robert Duc of Albany … oblisis him … til the … Erle of Douglas in al his causis for the terme of his life
c1420 Wynt. viii. 6426.
To sawff thare gudis [they] come hym till And oblyst thame all till his will
14.. Reg. Maj. c. 31.
A man may oblis him & bynd him til a nother
1482 Edinb. Chart. 154. 1551 Hamilton Cat. 66.
[He] forsakis the devil … and oblissis him self in service to the trew levand God
c1590 Fowler II. 90/1. 1596 Dalr. I. 132 marg.
The Scottis oblisses thame selfes & thair posteritie to King Fergus & his posteritie
1597 James VI Dæmonol. 19.
I speake first of that part wherein the deuill oblishes himselfe to them

To commit or engage oneself (to another) c. in a sum of money, d. in one's goods.c. 1400 Yester Wr. 41.
I obliste me, my ayris [etc.] … in fourty pvnd of sterlingis
1425–6 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 202.
And gif it hapins me … to faleye … to fulfille the forsaid couenandis and oblisingis … I oblis me and myne airis or assignes of the said landes in twa hundir pundis .to be pait … befor that [etc.]
1470 Liber Aberbr. II. 162. 1495 Contract (Mey P.) MS. 13 June.d. 1554 Crim. Trials I. i. 364.
He [sc. a lunatic] mycht nocht oblise him in his gudis

3. tr., intr., and absol. To bind oneself, give an undertaking.Some of the p.t. examples might perh. equally be regarded as p.p.s in sense 1.Const. as senses 1 and 2.(1) c1420 Wynt. iii. 265.
Off Juda than the barnage alle Thai oblysyd errare [him] to ta
1518 Fife Sheriff Ct. 95.
And the said Johnne Claphane oblist to releife & freth hyme of the said souerte
1555 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 220.
And he oblist to steik and oppin the samyn [the Cowgate port] at the houris following
1560 Cal. Sc. P. I. 530.
And thai oblist nevir to sute the mariage quhill [etc.]
a1650 Row 374. Ib. 34.
We … undersubscryve and oblishes and promises to obey the wholl contents of the said letter
(2) 1482 Edinb. Chart. 155.
To oblis … that we … sal [etc.]
1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. 1001.
I obleis [L. oblys] be my hand He sall obserue in all pointis ȝour behest
(3) 1554 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 192.
And the said Alexander Stewinsoun oblist for his releif in cais [etc.]
1652 Dumfries Kirk S. 1 Jan.
And they oblist for thair releiffs
(4) c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 1944.
Sen he haid oblist king for king … and onlie man for man
(5) 1535 Stewart 45311.
Power … Trewis till tak, to oblis and mak band And to compone for all thing moir and les

4. tr. Of a law, contract, undertaking, command, moral obligation, etc., also of the Deity, and, latterly, of persons: To bind legally or morally, to constrain or compel (to do something).(1) 1456 Hay I. 193/19.
The law sais that thing impossible oblisis na man
1490 Irland Mir. I. 75/6.
This gift was gevin to the first man … as law, oblissand all the nature and successioune
c1490 Porteous Noblenes 182/6.
The reward takin oblissis the takere and acquytis the giffare of his bounte
1580 Hay in Cath. Tr. (S.T.S.) 63/16. c1590 Fowler II. 152/7.
Such a prence … suld so be obleisid not be his awin instinct of natur … bot be the gud conseilis [etc.]
1598 James VI Basil. Doron 78/4.
Quhom … I haue founde na desairtis can obleishe [v.rr. oblish(e], oathis nor promeisis binde
a1598 Ferg. Prov. MS. No. 430.
Fair words oblishes no man
1616 Elgin Rec. II. 148.
According to the act wherbe he was obleshed in the contrar
1638 Rothes Affairs Kirk 137.
That the sense of dutie wold oblish men more then any other respect
(2) 1443 Ayr Chart. 28.
Certane articlis … oblisand thame to hald ferme … quhat the sade commissaris … sal decrete
1490 Irland Mir. I. 27/32.
Oure Lord Jhesus has oblist ws to … keip in oure mynd the haly spreit
1549 Compl. 164/6.
There professione oblicis them to sing and say
1567 Anderson Collect. Mary I. 120. 1567 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 21.
Ane band … oblessing the said … Sir Patrik and his airis to serue the said erle
1577 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. I. 57. 1622-6 Bisset I. 255/14.
Lykwyse obleisand the said burges to insist in the persuit aganist the uthir
(b) a1599 Rollock Wks. I. 352.
The love of Christ constrainis and oblischis us sa to love Him
1638 Henderson Serm. 23. 1639 Baillie I. 235.
A poor and scurvie thing whilk all law … oblishes his lordship's lands to pay
1650 Dunkeld Presb. II. 493.
Wee ministers … binds and obliesheis … our airs [etc.] … to … pay … ane thousand punds
(3) c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 25/14.
Of His hie grace … He has oblist thé bot to litill
Ib. 38/20.
And thocht the law of natur & God oblis thus a man to fasting
1558 Knox IV. 480.
And to the performance of every one of these do your offices [etc.] … bynde and oblish you
(4) 1629 Boyd Last B. 119.
The law of God … oblisheth most strict to a perfect and sincere obedience

5. To compel, constrain; to consign, commit.Const. to (into) (an unwelcome or undesirable condition) or aganis (one's inclination). c1420 Wynt. iv. Prol. 37.
The Romanys … had in tyll subjectioune All the warld oblyst thane And hale subdyt tyll a man
c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 12/7.
And a person be in dedly syn he is nocht oblist thar to perpetuale condampnacoun
Ib. 53/4.
Oblissand
Ib. 68/21.
Havand displesance that thai [God's commandments] oblist me aganis my fleschly plesance
1554 Crim. Trials I. i. 364.
Oblist
1581 Burne Disput. 5 b.
He … quha is offendit vith his brother raschlie is oblest to iugement
c1590 Fowler II. 105/24.
He obleshed his horsmen to the armes and valiancye of a forrener

6. To pledge, mortgage, place as security (lands etc.). 1405 Stirlings of Keir 206.
The landys of Bothernok ar na ferther oblist to me … bot anyrly [etc.]
1420 Liber Aberbr. II. 53.
Ws … stratly oblis our tenementis in the quhilkis we indwel … til the abbot of Abirbrothoc … in four schillingis and sex pennys annuale rent
c1420 Wynt. v. 1422.
Landys sere That oblyst tyll gret dettys were
1490 Irland Mir. I. 92/23.
This satisfaccioune mone be maid of a thing that is nocht sua oblist to God be ane vthire manere … of dete

b. passive. Of an oath: To be pledged. 1513 Doug. xiii. iii. 8.
Quhat avalis now … Fortill haue brokkyn … The haly promys and the bandis gent Of peax and concord oblisit and sworn

7. a. passive. To be under an obligation to pay, to be owing. 1544–5 Boyd Fam. P. No. 23 (21 Jan.).
[300 merks] quhilk he was oblisit to me in contentatioun for the alienatioun and selling of the 20 s. land of Coulsowll
1595 Duncan App. Etym.
Debeo, I owe, or I am obleist
1607 Urie Baron Ct. 11.
The lardis lyne men that ar vpone his bott is decernit … to pay the dewittie that thaj ar oblisset

b. passive. To be bound by a debt of gratitude, to be under an obligation, to (unto) another, for service or favour; also const. to (the favour).(1) c1590 Fowler II. 24/14.
Al Catholikkis suld be obleist vnto him
Ib. 75/1.
Nather yet can thow vse rigourous remeids against theme to quhome thow is so far obleshed
Ib. I. 309/12.
Oblesched
1598 James VI Basil. Doron 85/4.
Obleist
c1610 Jok Uplandis Newis 9 b.
Weill sires, ye are all greatlie obleist to his majestie
1610 Misc. Hist. Soc. II. 175.
My father was littil or no thing oblischit to anie of thame for I did nevir knau anie benefit he receavit fra anie of thame
1629 Boyd Last B. 210.
I am greatlie oblished to my God … that I haue beene able to heare that heauenlie discourse
1638 Henderson Serm. 398.(2) c 1615 Highland P. III. 219.
Your lo., to whose fauor I am so much oblishid [pr. obishid]
1622 Haddington Corr. 140.
I am most oblist … to your lordships fauore and loue now kyitheit to me

c. To place under a debt of gratitude by a service or favour, to oblige; also, to do a favour to. 1559 Row lviiii.
The quhilk commissioun wald be reformitt, causand the banchors heir oblis thame in euerting expences
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 25.
In doing whairof, your maiestie shall obleis us
1613 Southesk MSS. 14.
Yow wald obleis me be most singular courtessie if you could [etc.]
1639 Baillie II. 448.
We resolved to oblishe Glasgow by our willing deliverance of so excellent a gift into their armes

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