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verb (used without object), com·plied, com·ply·ing.
  1. to act or be in accordance with wishes, requests, demands, requirements, conditions, etc.; agree (sometimes followed by with): They asked him to leave and he complied. She has complied with the requirements.
  2. Obsolete. to be courteous or conciliatory.
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Origin of comply

1595–1605; < Italian complire < Spanish cumplir (see compliment) to fulfill, accomplish < Latin complēre, equivalent to com- com- + plē- fill + -re infinitive suffix
Related formsun·com·ply·ing, adjective


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Historical Examples

  • Age and wealth are uncomplying task-masters—habit and power endure restraint with an ill grace.

    The O'Donoghue

    Charles James Lever

  • Not only was the uncomplying Avaugour recalled, but the bishop himself was requested to nominate a successor.

    Count Frontenac

    William Dawson LeSueur

  • In this they were deceived; and his firmness and uncomplying integrity is supposed to have accelerated his fall.

  • Others of the company, as Vane and Adams, incurred the Protector's displeasure by too uncomplying principles.

British Dictionary definitions for uncomplying


verb -plies, -plying or -plied (intr)
  1. (usually foll by with) to act in accordance with rules, wishes, etc; be obedient (to)
  2. obsolete to be obedient or complaisant
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Derived Formscomplier, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Italian complire, from Spanish cumplir to complete; see compliment
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Word Origin and History for uncomplying



early 14c., "to fulfill, carry out," from Old French compli, past participle of complir "to accomplish, fulfill, carry out," from Vulgar Latin *complire, from Latin complere "to fill up" (see complete (adj.)). Meaning influenced by ply (v.2). Sense of "to consent" began c.1600 and might have been a reintroduction from Italian, where complire had come to mean "satisfy by 'filling up' the forms of courtesy."

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