Definition of comply
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.
Origin and Etymology of comply
Italian complire, from Spanish cumplir to complete, perform what is due, be courteous, modification of Latin complēre to complete
First Known Use: 1602
COMPLY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of comply for English Language Learners
: to do what you have been asked or ordered to do
COMPLY Defined for Kids
Definition of comply for Students
: to act in agreement with another's wishes or in obedience to a rule <Everyone complied with the request.>
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