WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
o•bey /oʊˈbeɪ/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to do or follow the wishes or instructions of:[+ object]She always obeyed her parents.
  2. to be obedient:[no object]Teach your dog to obey.
  3. to comply with;
    follow:[+ object]to obey orders.
  4. to respond quickly to:[+ object]The car obeys my slightest touch on the steering wheel.
  5. to conform to;
    be subject to:[usually not: be + ~-ing;  ~ + object]All objects obey the law of gravity.
    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.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
o•bey  (ō bā),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to comply with or follow the commands, restrictions, wishes, or instructions of:to obey one's parents.
  2. to comply with or follow (a command, restriction, wish, instruction, etc.).
  3. (of things) to respond conformably in action to:The car obeyed the slightest touch of the steering wheel.
  4. to submit or conform in action to (some guiding principle, impulse, one's conscience, etc.).

  1. to be obedient:to agree to obey.
o•beya•ble, adj. 
o•beyer, n. 
o•beying•ly, adv. 
  • 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
  1. to carry out (instructions or orders); comply with (demands)
  2. to behave or act in accordance with (one's feelings, whims, etc)
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French obéir, from Latin oboedīre, from ob- to, towards + audīre to hear

oˈbeyer n

'obeyed' also found in these entries:

Word of the day: Intermediate+ Word of the Day: napBasic+ Word of the Day: return


Report an inappropriate ad.
Become a WordReference Supporter to view the site ad-free.