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comply

[kuhm-plahy]
verb (used without object), complied, complying.
1.
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.
2.
Obsolete. to be courteous or conciliatory.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Italian complire < Spanish cumplir (see compliment) to fulfill, accomplish < Latin complēre, equivalent to com- com- + plē- fill + -re infinitive suffix

uncomplying, adjective


1. acquiesce, yield, conform, obey, consent, assent.


1. refuse, resist.
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comply (kəmˈplaɪ)
 
vb , -plies, -plying, -plied
1.  (usually foll by with) to act in accordance with rules, wishes, etc; be obedient (to)
2.  obsolete to be obedient or complaisant
 
[C17: from Italian complire, from Spanish cumplir to complete; see compliment]
 
com'plier
 
n

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comply
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."
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