verb (used without object), complied, complying.
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.

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. Unabridged
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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]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
The possibility of losing ownership rights, they argue, is enough incentive for
  fishers to comply with the responsible behavior.
They were designed that way to comply with federal regulations for headlight
Failure to comply will result in payment being withheld.
Before disposing of a questionable product, contact your municipality to make
  sure you fully comply with state and federal laws.
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