verb (used without object), com·plied, com·ply·ing.
- complimentary close,
- component of complement,
- componential analysis,
Origin of comply
Examples from the Web for comply
A big cake requires a big festival, and Augustus was happy to comply.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts|Molly Hannon|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Malaysian crew said they could not comply—the report gives no reason for what was very likely a fateful decision.
In past flare-ups—documented on open carry forums—the grocery chain has said that it will comply with state laws.Gun Control Group Moms Demand Action Asking Kroger to Ban Guns in Stores|Brandy Zadrozny|August 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And since WhatsApp is considered a form of texting, people are not obliged to comply.Israel, Hamas, WhatsApp and Hacked Phones in the Gaza Psy-War|Itay Hod|July 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Industry will then, under the proposed rules, have a two-year transitional period over which to comply with the new requirements.Guess Who Doesn’t Want You to Know How Much Added Sugar Is in Your Food|Tim Mak|July 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Georgia has not been so admitted, since she did not comply with the Omnibus Act.The Reconstruction of Georgia|Edwin C. Woolley
Our father, a little grieved to think that any one should worry lest he do so strange a thing, promised to comply.Life's Minor Collisions|Frances Warner
Meanwhile her uncle urged her to visit, to comply with the frequent invitations of their acquaintance.Shirley|Charlotte Bront
But what is to be done if Charles should refuse, with the inflexibility of his grandfather, to comply with this request of yours?Red Gauntlet|Sir Walter Scott
Although the notice was short, I determined to sit up a few nights and comply with it.
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."