obey

verb
\ō-ˈbā, ə-\
obeyed; obeying

Definition of obey 

transitive verb

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.

intransitive verb

: to behave obediently The dog does not always obey.

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Other Words from obey

obeyer noun

Choose the Right Synonym for obey

obey and mind mean to do what a person says. obey is used when someone quickly yields to the authority of another or follows a rule or law. Obey your parents. Obey all traffic laws. mind is used like obey especially when speaking to children but it often means paying attention to the wishes or commands of another. Mind what I said about talking.

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Live-streaming webcast is not lawless territory and users should obey the law and uphold moral standards. Gerry Shih, The Seattle Times, "Chinese online star detained for 5 days after singing the national anthem badly," 15 Oct. 2018 Does your child obey rules and make good decisions? Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Where Do You Stand on the Toughest Parenting Questions?," 24 July 2018 My child would never have to obey just because adults are bigger and can force them. David Roberts, Vox, "Please don’t spank your kids," 3 July 2018 Officials are also reminding drivers who use the Main Street Bridge to pay attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the lookout for workers and equipment. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Drivers urged to avoid Route 64 bridge in St. Charles during construction," 3 July 2018 The man allegedly refused to obey their verbal commands, authorities said. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Houston man charged with assault after being shot during Homeland Security drug raid," 13 July 2018 This is a real-time reaction game where the application spits out card requirements—such as blue with a volume rating of two—and one person in the group must quickly obey and place a card. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "DropMix review: Unleash your inner DJ," 26 May 2018 Police said the rule is almost impossible to enforce, and added that people need to obey posted signs and only swim where it's allowed or supervised. Manoella Macedo, ajc, "Several drownings in same week raise water safety concerns," 9 July 2018 The Fuenteses, unlike the Bundys, have been obeying the law. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter Four: The Gospel of Bundy," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of obey

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for obey

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

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The first known use of obey was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for obey

obey

verb

English Language Learners Definition of obey

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

obey

verb
\ō-ˈbā \
obeyed; obeying

Kids Definition of obey

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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