verb (used without object), com·plied, com·ply·ing.
Origin of comply
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Grover Lewis|March 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mademoiselle complies, saying in a concentrated voice while that something in her cheek beats fast and hard, "You are a devil."Bleak House|Charles Dickens
I answer for it, that Mr. Van Staats complies with all engagements, as punctually as the best house in Amsterdam, itself.The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas|James Fenimore Cooper
He complies with the unreasonable wishes of the skeptical Thomas.
You must be perfectly blind not to see that he complies with every possible requisite!The Gay Rebellion|Robert W. Chambers
A better form of crate than the "dog-house" and one which complies with the law, is shown in Fig. 182.The Automobile Storage Battery|O. A. Witte
British Dictionary definitions for complies
verb -plies, -plying or -plied (intr)
Word Origin for comply
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."