- to comply with or follow the commands, restrictions, wishes, or instructions of: to obey one's parents.
- to comply with or follow (a command, restriction, wish, instruction, etc.).
- (of things) to respond conformably in action to: The car obeyed the slightest touch of the steering wheel.
- to submit or conform in action to (some guiding principle, impulse, one's conscience, etc.).
- to be obedient: to agree to obey.
Origin of obey
Related Words for obeyexecute, accept, observe, embrace, heed, surrender, comply, respond, accord, accede, concur, acquiesce, perform, serve, mind, submit, keep, discharge, answer, follow
Examples from the Web for obey
Contemporary Examples of obey
Those advocating justice should first obey the rule of law themselves.It’s Time to Hold Protesters Accountable
December 4, 2014
This argument is vital to a larger argument: Do we obey the rules set up to constrain government or not?Obama’s ISIS War Is Illegal
Sen. Rand Paul
November 10, 2014
THE DISHONOR OF HONOR KILLINGS Imagine a young woman killed by her own relatives for failing to obey.Lone Star Leaders
October 24, 2014
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
August 24, 2014
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
August 12, 2014
Historical Examples of obey
Your mother shall not see you; nor will I. Prepare however to obey.
In a pinch they would obey you nearly as well as they obey me.Way of the Lawless
Dearest Madam, forgive me: it was always my pride and my pleasure to obey you.
All things are bound to obey Him, He is not bound to obey any.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part III]
Benedict of Spinoza
"I obey directions," he said, bowing respectfully to Mr. Roberts.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
- to carry out (instructions or orders); comply with (demands)
- to behave or act in accordance with (one's feelings, whims, etc)
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.