verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of obey
Examples from the Web for obeyer
Nay, the matter of the command may be sinful in the commander, and not in the obeyer.A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4)|Richard Baxter
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.