to act or be in accordance with wishes, requests, demands, requirements, conditions, etc.; agree (sometimes followed by with ): They asked him to leave and he complied. She has complied with the requirements.
Obsolete. to be courteous or conciliatory.
Origin: 1595–1605; < Italiancomplire < Spanishcumplir (see compliment) to fulfill, accomplish < Latincomplēre, equivalent to com-com- + plē-fill + -re infinitive suffix
early 14c., from O.Fr. compli, pp. of complir, from L. complere "to fill up" (see complete). Meaning infl. by ply. Originally "to fulfill, carry out;" sense of "consent" began c.1600 and might have been a reintroduction from It., where complire
had come to mean "satisfy by 'filling up' the forms of courtesy."