comply

verb
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 The White House instructed its officials not to comply with the investigation, which is looking at President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine. Mary Clare Jalonick, chicagotribune.com, "House Democrats subpoena acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to testify Friday in impeachment probe," 7 Nov. 2019 If one of these companies declines to comply with the warrant and challenges the basis of it, that may be the most direct route for evaluating whether and how these warrants can and must be worded in order to be valid. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "A judge said police can search the DNA of millions of Americans without their consent. What’s next?," 7 Nov. 2019 The White House has instructed its officials not to comply with the impeachment inquiry being led by House Democrats. BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON (AP) — House investigators Tuesday asked President Donald Trump’s acting chief of staff to appear before the impeachment inquiry , reaching to the highest levels of the White House as they prepare to release more transcripts from the closed-door proceedings.," 6 Nov. 2019 The White House has instructed its officials not to comply with the impeachment inquiry being led by House Democrats. Lisa Mascaro, Twin Cities, "Impeachment reversal: Diplomat now acknowledges quid pro quo," 5 Nov. 2019 The White House has instructed its officials not to comply with the impeachment inquiry being led by House Democrats. Lisa Mascaro, The Denver Post, "Trump impeachment reversal: Diplomat now acknowledges quid pro quo," 5 Nov. 2019 And as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) since 1995, Nigeria is bound to comply with similar commitments at a multilateral level. Landry Signé, Quartz Africa, "Nigeria’s Benin border closure is an early warning sign for the African free trade deal’s optimism," 2 Nov. 2019 He was also ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and a substance abuse evaluation, and to comply with any treatment. oregonlive, "Man who chased another with a shovel and yelled racial slurs convicted under Oregon’s new bias crime law," 31 Oct. 2019 If the landlord still refuses to rent to the complainant, Field said the county’s law office could sue the landlord and ask a judge to order the landlord to comply with the law. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore County Council hears from both sides of debate over low income housing proposal," 29 Oct. 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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comply

verb
How to pronounce comply (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of comply

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

comply

verb
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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