obey

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verb \ō-ˈbā, ə-\

Definition of obey

obeyed

;

obeying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to follow the commands or guidance of He always obeys his parents.

  3. 2 :  to conform to or comply with obey an order Falling objects obey the laws of physics.

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to behave obediently The dog does not always obey.

obeyer

noun

Examples of obey in a Sentence

  1. His dog has learned to obey several commands.

  2. He always obeys his parents.

  3. The children must obey the rules.

  4. The children must learn to obey.

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Origin and Etymology of obey

Middle English obeien, from Anglo-French obeir, from Latin oboedire, from ob- toward + -oedire (akin to audire to hear) — more at ob-, audible


First Known Use: 14th century


OBEY Defined for English Language Learners

obey

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verb

Definition of obey for English Language Learners

  • : to do what someone tells you to do or what a rule, law, etc., says you must do


OBEY Defined for Kids

obey

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verb \ō-ˈbā\

Definition of obey for Students

obeyed

;

obeying

  1. 1 :  to follow the commands or guidance of Dogs are trained to obey their masters.

  2. 2 :  to comply with :  carry out obey an order obey the rules



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