WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
o•bey /oʊˈbeɪ/USA pronunciation
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.
- [~ + object] to do or follow the wishes or instructions of:She always obeyed her parents.
- [no object] to be obedient:Teach your dog to obey.
- [~ + object] to comply with; follow:to obey orders.
- [~ + object] to respond quickly to:The car obeys my slightest touch on the steering wheel.
- [usually not: be + ~-ing; ~ + object] to conform to;
be subject to:All objects obey the law of gravity.
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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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