verb (used with object)
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.).
verb (used without object)
to be obedient: to agree to obey.

1250–1300; Middle English obeien < Old French obeir < Latin oboedīre, equivalent to ob- ob- + audīre to hear; -oe- for expected -ū- is unclear

obeyable, adjective
obeyer, noun
obeyingly, adverb
unobeyed, adjective
unobeying, adjective
well-obeyed, adjective
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obey (əˈbeɪ)
1.  to carry out (instructions or orders); comply with (demands)
2.  to behave or act in accordance with (one's feelings, whims, etc)
[C13: from Old French obéir, from Latin oboedīre, from ob- to, towards + audīre to hear]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from O.Fr. obeir, from L. oboedire "obey, pay attention to, give ear," lit. "listen to," from ob "to" + audire "listen, hear" (see audience). Same sense development is in cognate O.E. hiersumnian.
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Example sentences
The light-speed limit obeyed by the rest of the world can take a leap, for all
  that quantum physics cares.
He was also a materialist, believing that the atoms obeyed laws, not that they
  received external guidance.
The law requiring seats for saleswomen, generally ignored, was obeyed
  faithfully in this establishment.
Thirteen hundred human beings here obeyed the call of one,-were his in body,
  and largely in soul.
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