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.
Recent Examples on the Web Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to attempted felonious assault, failing to comply with an order or signal of a police officer and abduction. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, 23 May 2022 Failing to comply could result in their male family members being sent to court or to jail. Alex Hogan, Fox News, 23 May 2022 All were issued subpoenas after failing to comply voluntarily with the committee's investigation, according to Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss. Amy Nakamura, USA TODAY, 12 May 2022 Judge Arthur Engoron held Trump in contempt, and fined him $10,000 a day, for failing to comply with a subpoena for documents issued by the New York Attorney General's Office as part of a civil investigation into Trump's business practices. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 11 May 2022 The actor was fired from his role as Jason Morgan on General Hospital in November 2021 after failing to comply with the production's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Linda Marx,, 9 May 2022 Paul reported that one possibility was a citation for failing to comply with an officer's order not to stop on a highway. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 9 May 2022 At that hearing, a judge held Mr. Trump in contempt of court for failing to fully comply with a subpoena for records from Ms. James. New York Times, 29 Apr. 2022 Connecticut is falling behind on its goals to reduce carbon emissions that contribute to global warming and also is failing to comply with national ambient air quality standards for ozone. Mark Pazniokas, Hartford Courant, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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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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