verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of obey
Examples from the Web for obeyed
The fact that some prescriptive rules are valuable does not mean that every grammatical injunction should be obeyed.
When obeyed uncritically, it produces sentences like this: The board voted immediately to approve the casino.
If we obeyed the wisdom of the Founders, we would never have formed political parties.
She seemed dazed, and when I told her to lie down on the sofa she obeyed me without a word.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And if it does, perhaps her editors ought not to have obeyed her.Is This a Book Worth Saving? Considering ‘The Art of Joy’|Lauren Elkin|September 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And Clemens, though his conscience pricked him, obeyed, as was his habit at such times.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete|Albert Bigelow Paine
I obeyed, in the ardent hope that at last I had done with papers and accounts.Dr. Dumany's Wife|Mr Jkai
He obeyed, settling her among the pillows with infinite tenderness.A Man's Hearth|Eleanor M. Ingram
Had there been light enough for Rosario to see the Rector's face, she would doubtless have obeyed, frightened.Mayflower (Flor de mayo)|Vicente Blasco Ibez
Stina made her appearance as they came to the last words; she bade them come with her and they obeyed.Magnhild Dust|Bjrnstjerne Bjrnson
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.