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obey

[oh-bey] /oʊˈbeɪ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to comply with or follow the commands, restrictions, wishes, or instructions of:
to obey one's parents.
2.
to comply with or follow (a command, restriction, wish, instruction, etc.).
3.
(of things) to respond conformably in action to:
The car obeyed the slightest touch of the steering wheel.
4.
to submit or conform in action to (some guiding principle, impulse, one's conscience, etc.).
verb (used without object)
5.
to be obedient:
to agree to obey.
Origin of obey
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English obeien < Old French obeir < Latin oboedīre, equivalent to ob- ob- + audīre to hear; -oe- for expected -ū- is unclear
Related forms
obeyable, adjective
obeyer, noun
obeyingly, adverb
unobeyed, adjective
unobeying, adjective
well-obeyed, adjective
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  • M. Villefort obeyed her in some secret but well-concealed amazement.

    "Le Monsieur De La Petite Dame" Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The order was obeyed, and the cutter came to a stop when near the animal.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • At length he was obeyed, and old Martin made his appearance.

    The Monastery Sir Walter Scott
  • Having been informed that he was to go to Madrid, Joseph obeyed, but he did not like it.

    Stories of New Jersey Frank Richard Stockton
  • Evelina obeyed, and a slight spark of colour came into her cheeks.

    Bunner Sisters Edith Wharton
British Dictionary definitions for obeyed

obey

/əˈbeɪ/
verb
1.
to carry out (instructions or orders); comply with (demands)
2.
to behave or act in accordance with (one's feelings, whims, etc)
Derived Forms
obeyer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French obéir, from Latin oboedīre, from ob- to, towards + audīre to hear
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Word Origin and History for obeyed

obey

v.

late 13c., from Old French obeir "obey, be obedient, do one's duty" (12c.), from Latin obedire, oboedire "obey, be subject, serve; pay attention to, give ear," literally "listen to," from ob "to" (see ob-) + audire "listen, hear" (see audience). Same sense development is in cognate Old English hiersumnian. Related: Obeyed; obeying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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