[ kuhm-plahy ]
/ kəmˈplaɪ /

verb (used without object), com·plied, com·ply·ing.

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

1595–1605; < Italian complire < Spanish cumplir (see compliment) to fulfill, accomplish < Latin complēre, equivalent to com- com- + plē- fill + -re infinitive suffix


un·com·ply·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for complies

/ (kəmˈplaɪ) /

verb -plies, -plying or -plied (intr)

(usually foll by with) to act in accordance with rules, wishes, etc; be obedient (to)
obsolete to be obedient or complaisant

Derived forms of comply

complier, noun

Word Origin for comply

C17: from Italian complire, from Spanish cumplir to complete; see compliment
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