verb (used without object), com·plied, com·ply·ing.
Origin of comply
Synonyms for comply
Antonyms for comply
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Contemporary Examples of 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
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
March 15, 2014
Historical Examples of complies
Mademoiselle complies, saying in a concentrated voice while that something in her cheek beats fast and hard, "You are a devil."Bleak House
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
verb -plies, -plying or -plied (intr)
Word Origin 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."