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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
o•bey /oʊˈbeɪ/USA pronunciation
v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
obey is a verb, obedient is an adjective, obedience is a noun:These children obey their parents. These children are obedient to their parents. These children have learned obedience.
- to do or follow the wishes or instructions of[~ + object]She always obeyed her parents.
- to be obedient[no object]Teach your dog to obey.
- to comply with; follow[~ + object]to obey orders.
- to respond quickly to[~ + object]The car obeys my slightest touch on the steering wheel.
- to conform to; be subject to[usually not: be + ~-ing;
~ + object]All objects obey the law of gravity.
(ō bā′), v.t.
- 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.
- Latin oboedīre, equivalent. to ob- ob- + audīre to hear; -oe- for expected -ū- is unclear
- Old French obeir
- Middle English obeien 1250–1300
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
obey /əˈbeɪ/ vb
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French obéir, from Latin oboedīre, from ob- to, towards + audīre to hearoˈbeyer n
- to carry out (instructions or orders); comply with (demands)
- to behave or act in accordance with (one's feelings, whims, etc)
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