- 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 comply
A big cake requires a big festival, and Augustus was happy to comply.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts
December 24, 2014
The Malaysian crew said they could not comply—the report gives no reason for what was very likely a fateful decision.MH17 Switched Places With Another Jet
September 9, 2014
In past flare-ups—documented on open carry forums—the grocery chain has said that it will comply with state laws.Gun Control Group Moms Demand Action Asking Kroger to Ban Guns in Stores
August 18, 2014
And since WhatsApp is considered a form of texting, people are not obliged to comply.Israel, Hamas, WhatsApp and Hacked Phones in the Gaza Psy-War
July 26, 2014
Industry will then, under the proposed rules, have a two-year transitional period over which to comply with the new requirements.Guess Who Doesn’t Want You to Know How Much Added Sugar Is in Your Food
July 19, 2014
There are twenty men who will be eager to comply with the wishes of their minister.
My heart fluttered as I rose to comply with the demand, and the chapel was hushed.
He scowled upon me with a natural hate, and refused to comply with my request.
We have agreed all to be moved, or none; and not to comply without one another.
I am sorry my case is so circumstanced, that I cannot comply.
- (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 comply
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."