verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of obey
Examples from the Web for obey
Those advocating justice should first obey the rule of law themselves.
This argument is vital to a larger argument: Do we obey the rules set up to constrain government or not?
THE DISHONOR OF HONOR KILLINGS Imagine a young woman killed by her own relatives for failing to obey.
No soldier is obliged to obey a law contrary to the law of God.Why Pope Francis Wants to Declare Murdered Archbishop Romero a Saint|Christopher Dickey|August 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I continue to live here, work here, pay the taxes and obey the law.Men Without a Country: Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, My Father and Me|Arthur Chu|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Poor Jonas was compelled to obey, and being placed on shore, the boat again pulled away.Ben Burton|W. H. G. Kingston
But when once your stage-manager is chosen, all the actors must make up their minds to obey him implicitly.The Peace Egg and Other tales|Juliana Horatia Ewing
We can drift like other animals, and often do; but we can also obey our own volition.Life and Matter|Oliver Lodge
He could not but obey the summons of her distressed beauty, perfect knight of chivalry that he was.The King of Alsander|James Elroy Flecker
God has given human freedom to all men; He has told us what we should do, but He has left us free to obey or to disobey.With the Children on Sunday|Sylvanus Stall
Word Origin for obey
late 13c., from Old French obeir "obey, be obedient, do one's duty" (12c.), from Latin obedire, oboedire "obey, be subject, serve; pay attention to, give ear," literally "listen to," from ob "to" (see ob-) + audire "listen, hear" (see audience). Same sense development is in cognate Old English hiersumnian. Related: Obeyed; obeying.