[ oh-bey ]
/ oʊˈbeɪ /
verb (used with object)
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.).
verb (used without object)
to be obedient: to agree to obey.
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Words nearby obey
Origin of obey
1250–1300; Middle English obeien < Old French obeir < Latin oboedīre, equivalent to ob- ob- + audīre to hear; -oe- for expected -ū- is unclear
OTHER WORDS FROM obey
o·bey·a·ble, adjectiveo·bey·er, nouno·bey·ing·ly, adverbun·o·beyed, adjective
un·o·bey·ing, adjectivewell-o·beyed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for obeyable
/ (əˈbeɪ) /
to carry out (instructions or orders); comply with (demands)
to behave or act in accordance with (one's feelings, whims, etc)
Derived forms of obeyobeyer, noun
Word Origin for obey
C13: from Old French obéir, from Latin oboedīre, from ob- to, towards + audīre to hear
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