- 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
Examples from the Web for obeying
But for Reynolds and Robbins, obeying their consciences came with a price tag.Why the Rockefellers Rejected Big Oil
September 24, 2014
Weird as the theory is, invoking “quantum physics” is not an escape clause from obeying physical laws.Dear NASA: Fuel-Free Rocket Thruster Is Literally Too Good to Be True
Matthew R. Francis
August 4, 2014
But Tanaka has been a little slow in obeying this particular law.Masahiro Tanaka Is the Yankees' $155M Lethal Weapon and Strikeout Machine
May 9, 2014
In the courtroom, Jiang was feisty in her own defense, claiming she was obeying Mao at all times.Gu Kailai’s Murder Trial Evokes Story of Mao’s Widow Jiang Qing
August 9, 2012
Tilt the iPad and its internal gyroscope will throw bottles and pocket watches as if obeying gravity.Do Tablet Apps and Ebooks Spell the End of Pop-Up Books?
January 20, 2012
Obeying a quick impulse, Percival stepped to the curb as she came opposite to him.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
It is a delight to atone for a fault by obeying your commands.In the Midst of Alarms
He gave me generally to understand that he was only obeying a custom of Modern Society.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
A honouring and obeying wife would let his trade alone altogether.A Tale of Two Cities
He had been told to sweep out and dust, and he was obeying orders.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
- to carry out (instructions or orders); comply with (demands)
- to behave or act in accordance with (one's feelings, whims, etc)
Word Origin and History for obeying
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.