- to act or be in accordance with wishes, requests, demands, requirements, conditions, etc.; agree (sometimes followed by with): They asked him to leave and he complied. She has complied with the requirements.
- Obsolete. to be courteous or conciliatory.
Origin of comply
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Examples from the Web for complies
She has simply stood and watched, and once instructed to enter the boat, she complies.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
Irritably, he complies, but when the stewardess moves on, he reclines the chair again, muttering balefully under his breath.Stacks: Hitting the Note with the Allman Brothers Band
March 15, 2014
We can, in fact, only retain him as we do the buffalo, so long as he complies with the statutes.
For it cannot be that anything should please that offends nature, or anything displease that complies with natural inclinations.
You must be perfectly blind not to see that he complies with every possible requisite!The Gay Rebellion
Robert W. Chambers
His brothers also feel it, for they ask their uncle to go, and he complies.The Son of a Servant
Sir Launfal complies with the invitation, and they proceed to where the pavilion lies.The Fairy Mythology
- (usually foll by with) to act in accordance with rules, wishes, etc; be obedient (to)
- obsolete to be obedient or complaisant
Word Origin and History for complies
early 14c., "to fulfill, carry out," from Old French compli, past participle of complir "to accomplish, fulfill, carry out," from Vulgar Latin *complire, from Latin complere "to fill up" (see complete (adj.)). Meaning influenced by ply (v.2). Sense of "to consent" began c.1600 and might have been a reintroduction from Italian, where complire had come to mean "satisfy by 'filling up' the forms of courtesy."