- 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 complied
Chan ordered the man to put it down and the ensuing criminal complaint would say that he complied.Protesters Slimed This Good Samaritan Cop
December 16, 2014
Sylvia insisted that Ted move out and he complied, going to stay in London.Ted Hughes’s Brother on Losing Sylvia Plath
December 2, 2014
Angleton complied, and Tony finally set the thing on fire “with a friend as witness.”The Bizarre Tale of Ben Bradlee, JFK, and the Master Spy
October 22, 2014
Davis said he complied and that a female officer straddled and then handcuffed him.The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody Lie
August 15, 2014
The cameramen hollered to him and turned him this way and that and he complied reluctantly, never relaxing.One Red Rose for the Green Kid Who Won the Kentucky Derby
May 3, 2014
Let us see, whether we are to be complied with in any thing, or not.
I know they expect a great deal from it: you had not else had your long day complied with.
Mrs. Sliderskew complied, and inquired what the next one was.The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
He complied as to the chair, but appeared to find the speaking on less easy.A Tale of Two Cities
I am sorry for it; but am afraid nothing you ask will be complied with.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
- (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 complied
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."