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comply

[ kuhm-plahy ]
/ kəmˈplaɪ /
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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.
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM comply

un·com·ply·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for comply

comply
/ (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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