comply

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verb com·ply \kəm-ˈplī\

Definition of comply

complied

complying

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  to be ceremoniously courteous

  3. 2 :  to conform, submit, or adapt (as to a regulation or to another's wishes) as required or requested <comply with federal law> <the devices comply with industry standards>

Examples of comply in a sentence

  1. I asked the waitress to refill my coffee cup and she happily complied.

  2. There will be penalties against individuals who fail to comply.

Origin and Etymology of comply

Italian complire, from Spanish cumplir to complete, perform what is due, be courteous, modification of Latin complēre to complete


First Known Use: 1602


COMPLY Defined for English Language Learners

comply

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verb com·ply \kəm-ˈplī\

Definition of comply for English Language Learners

  • : to do what you have been asked or ordered to do


COMPLY Defined for Kids

comply

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verb com·ply \kəm-ˈplī\

Definition of comply for Students

complied

complying

  1. :  to act in agreement with another's wishes or in obedience to a rule <Everyone complied with the request.>



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