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 company has 15 business days to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Rosana Hughes, ajc, 1 Aug. 2022 Both TikTok and Douyin focus on short-form video making and sharing, but Douyin has content controls to comply with Chinese law. Olivia Solon, Fortune, 29 July 2022 The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Ricardo Torres, Journal Sentinel, 29 July 2022 Currently, the policy requires speakers to show proof of Noblesville residency, however, the board will remove that requirement as part of a review and updates to comply with the new law, spokesperson Marnie Cooke said. The Indianapolis Star, 15 July 2022 The association, along with other trucking and business groups, on Monday sent a letter to Mr. Newsom, a Democrat, asking for more time for owner-operators and freight firms to comply with the law. Paul Berger, WSJ, 13 July 2022 Each coal plant would then have to find a way to comply with the rule, seek an exception, or shut down. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 2 July 2022 The problem, however, is finding a way to comply with the requirements during the development process. Wayne Rash, Forbes, 30 June 2022 School administrators quickly saw adding soccer as a cost-effective way to comply with the law, and the rising interest helped youth leagues swell. New York Times, 27 June 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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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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