com·ply | \ kəm-ˈplī \
complied; complying

Definition of comply 

intransitive verb

1 obsolete : to be ceremoniously courteous

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

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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Madrigal wouldn’t comply with police commands, and officers fired five bean bag rounds at him to incapacitate him before arresting him, reported AZ Family. Gabby Ferreira And Don Sweeney, sacbee, "She confessed to affair with 'better lover.' He beat her with a tire iron at Walmart, cops say," 9 July 2018 In a statement posted to Twitter on Tuesday morning, FEMA spokesman William Booher said the agency would comply with the court’s order and notify participating hotels of the extension. Cristela Guerra,, "Judge orders FEMA to extend stays for Puerto Rican evacuees," 3 July 2018 Gun advocates immediately declared that the law was pointless because the technology was ineffectual and no manufacturers would comply. Bob Egelko,, "Calif. Supreme Court upholds law requiring bullet-tracing technology on guns," 28 June 2018 Arteaga contended the pharmacist in her case did not comply with company policy, despite the fact that two other pharmacists were working at the time. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Arizona board to investigate complaint over pharmacist's denial of miscarriage medication," 25 June 2018 But short-term plans that provide coverage for a series of weeks or months do not comply with the ACA’s rules that forbid canceling or denying coverage to consumers with pre-existing conditions, according to Kaiser. Ron Hurtibise,, "South Florida's 3 Obamacare providers file proposals to return in 2019," 22 June 2018 The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed a complaint alleging that Magnolia Homes did not comply with all of the requirements of the RRP (Renovation, Repair and Painting) Rule. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Chip and Joanna Gaines Fined $40,000 by the EPA for Breaking Lead Paint Rules During Fixer Upper," 6 June 2018 Mejia would not comply with the officers’ numerous commands and that is when an officer pulled out a Taser, the release said. Kelly Healey, ajc, "Police: Florida officers injured by man in wheelchair wielding 9-inch knife," 28 May 2018 Teams will be subject to fines if players don't comply and will have the option of punishing players. CBS News, "NFL players union files grievance over new national anthem policy," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of comply

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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 \
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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