Definition of obey
1 : to follow the commands or guidance of He always obeys his parents.
2 : to conform to or comply with obey an order Falling objects obey the laws of physics.
: to behave obediently The dog does not always obey.
Examples of obey in a Sentence
His dog has learned to obey several commands.
He always obeys his parents.
The children must obey the rules.
The children must learn to obey.
Recent Examples of obey from the Web
He was charged in September 2014 with assault, failure to obey a lawful police order and obstructing and hindering police, according to online court records.
But more than just talking dirty, the hosts offer something that feels quietly radical, given conservative Christianity’s long, sexist history of teaching women to obey and serve their husbands: a kind of empowerment.
The head of the delegation told the waiting press that, of course, its members would obey the law of the land.
In the end, Shipman was given a citation for failing to obey a walk signal, which comes with a $62.50 fine, and one for not having a license, which means a $136 fine, the Herald reports.
So Bolen also gave Shipman a citation for failing to obey a pedestrian control signal, another $62.50 fine.
Forecasters paint a picture of orderly autonomous cars obeying speed limits and keeping safe distances from other cars.
The mental healthcare worker was obeying police commands, lying on his back with his arms in the air and begging officers not to fire when he was shot.
Joshua Kissoon is accused of failure to obey a lawful general order, making a false statement and conduct unbecoming an officer.
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OBEY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of obey for Students
1 : to follow the commands or guidance of Dogs are trained to obey their masters.
2 : to comply with : carry out obey an order obey the rules
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