- 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 obeyedexecute, accept, observe, embrace, heed, surrender, comply, respond, accord, accede, concur, acquiesce, perform, serve, mind, submit, keep, discharge, answer, follow
Examples from the Web for obeyed
Contemporary Examples of 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.Cliven Bundy Is Angry—Just Like the Rest of Us
April 19, 2014
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
And if it does, perhaps her editors ought not to have obeyed her.Is This a Book Worth Saving? Considering ‘The Art of Joy’
September 6, 2013
Historical Examples of obeyed
He felt that a crisis had come, and he was determined to be obeyed.
The mandate was obeyed, and Bates was lodged in the forecastle, securely ironed.
The captain moved among them, and his orders were obeyed, but not with alacrity.
They called him a King or a prince and obeyed his orders for their own common benefit.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
But as Philip obeyed her words, he saw her move suddenly and stand by Emilia's side.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
- 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.