com·​ply | \ kəm-ˈplī How to pronounce comply (audio) \
complied; complying

Definition of comply

intransitive verb

1 : 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
2 obsolete : to be ceremoniously courteous

Examples of comply in a Sentence

I asked the waitress to refill my coffee cup and she happily complied. There will be penalties against individuals who fail to comply.

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After Kingshill complied, and left her purse in the sedan, Bell got behind the wheel and sped away, court records state. Zach Despart, Houston Chronicle, "City Council block walker robbed in Sunnyside, Houston police say," 14 Sep. 2019 Clearly frustrated with protesters' criticisms, Yang tells CNN that the lamp posts fully comply with Hong Kong's privacy laws, and that data generated by the posts is analyzed, anonymized and posted publicly, with any raw data instantly deleted. Caitlin Hu, CNN, "What Hong Kong's masked protesters fear," 10 Sep. 2019 The officers turned off their body cameras at the mayor’s home and complied with his request, according to the sources. Adam Ferrise,, "Anomalies add up in deadly shooting investigation involving Mayor Frank Jackson’s grandson," 9 Sep. 2019 The teller complied and Thompson fled the scene into a wooded area behind the bank, according to police. Madeline Mitchell,, "Police: Woman robbed a bank in Taylor Mills, fled to the woods, then confessed," 7 Sep. 2019 Representatives of the company have insisted the plant wouldn’t harm the environment and would comply with regulations. Ian James, azcentral, "‘We don’t want it here’: Residents urge Arizona regulators not to allow aluminum plant," 7 Sep. 2019 Mr Prayuth has meekly complied with even the most awkward of the king’s demands, agreeing, for instance, to change the text of the new constitution even after Thai voters had signed off on it. The Economist, "Relations between Thailand’s army and king are becoming one-sided," 5 Sep. 2019 The overwhelming majority of parents comply, but some, concerned about unproven links to autism, have opted not to vaccinate. Daniela Altimari,, "Gov. Lamont seeking a “thoughtful’ review of vaccine policy next year," 29 Aug. 2019 Tesla complied, according to the complaint, but Walmart says another fire broke out anyway at a second California store. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Walmart sues Tesla over several solar panel fires caused by ‘negligence’," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of comply

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for comply

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

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English Language Learners Definition of comply

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


com·​ply | \ kəm-ˈplī How to pronounce comply (audio) \
complied; complying

Kids Definition of comply

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

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