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obey

[oh-bey] /oʊˈbeɪ/
verb (used with object)
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.).
verb (used without object)
5.
to be obedient:
to agree to obey.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English obeien < Old French obeir < Latin oboedīre, equivalent to ob- ob- + audīre to hear; -oe- for expected -ū- is unclear
Related forms
obeyable, adjective
obeyer, noun
obeyingly, adverb
unobeyed, adjective
unobeying, adjective
well-obeyed, adjective
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Examples from the web for obeyed
  • 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.
  • She works quickly but methodically, as if she were following a recipe that must be obeyed scrupulously if it's to succeed at all.
  • Instructions from any one of these domain names would be obeyed.
  • Useful or not, there was a routine to be followed, and there were orders to be obeyed.
  • Sinister and despotic in that it cannot be obeyed and thus makes sinners even of quite thoughtful people.
British Dictionary definitions for obeyed

obey

/əˈbeɪ/
verb
1.
to carry out (instructions or orders); comply with (demands)
2.
to behave or act in accordance with (one's feelings, whims, etc)
Derived Forms
obeyer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French obéir, from Latin oboedīre, from ob- to, towards + audīre to hear
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Word Origin and History for obeyed

obey

v.

late 13c., from Old French obeir "obey, be obedient, do one's duty" (12c.), from Latin obedire, oboedire "obey, be subject, serve; pay attention to, give ear," literally "listen to," from ob "to" (see ob-) + audire "listen, hear" (see audience). Same sense development is in cognate Old English hiersumnian. Related: Obeyed; obeying.

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