[ kuhm-plahy ]
See synonyms for: complycompliedcompliescomplying on

verb (used without object),com·plied, com·ply·ing.
  1. 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.

  2. Obsolete. to be courteous or conciliatory.

Origin of comply

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Italian complire, from Spanish cumplir (see compliment) “to fulfill, accomplish,” from Latin complēre, equivalent to com- com- + plēre “to fill”

Other words for comply

Opposites for comply

Other words from comply

  • un·com·ply·ing, adjective

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How to use comply in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for comply


/ (kəmˈplaɪ) /

verb-plies, -plying or -plied (intr)
  1. (usually foll by with) to act in accordance with rules, wishes, etc; be obedient (to)

  2. obsolete to be obedient or complaisant

Origin of comply

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

Derived forms of comply

  • complier, noun

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