com·​ply | \ kəm-ˈplī How to pronounce comply (audio) \
complied; complying

Definition of comply

intransitive verb

1 : 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
2 obsolete : to be ceremoniously courteous

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The panel has opted to give other former Trump administration officials more time to comply with its subpoenas. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 15 Oct. 2021 Last month, Portland and Multnomah County announced that state rules exempt law enforcement officers and jail employees from having to comply with vaccine mandates. oregonlive, 15 Oct. 2021 Fred Hodara, who filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court, is asking the court to compel the corrections department to comply with his open records requests for documentation of its execution plans. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 15 Oct. 2021 Arizona’s three state universities will require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to comply with new federal requirements, university officials announced on Friday. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, 15 Oct. 2021 Casinos have two key reasons for ensuring that their kiosks use state-of-the-art ID authentication technology: The first is to comply with regulations and avoid potential fines. Joe Oprosko, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Among the other guidelines: A redistricting plan will not dilute minority voting strength and will comply the Voting Rights Act. Mike Cason |, al, 15 Oct. 2021 But if Facebook agreed to comply with HIPAA, that would open doors for transparent research as well as make the company more responsible and liable for its users’ health. Param Kulkarni, STAT, 15 Oct. 2021 In Oregon, tens of thousands of state workers received additional time to comply with a vaccination mandate. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of comply

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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 How to pronounce comply (audio) \
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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