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comply

[kuh m-plahy] /kəmˈplaɪ/
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
1595-1605; < Italian complire < Spanish cumplir (see compliment) to fulfill, accomplish < Latin complēre, equivalent to com- com- + plē- fill + -re infinitive suffix
Related forms
uncomplying, adjective
Synonyms
1. acquiesce, yield, conform, obey, consent, assent.
Antonyms
1. refuse, resist.
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British Dictionary definitions for complying

comply

/kəmˈplaɪ/
verb (intransitive) -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
Derived Forms
complier, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Italian complire, from Spanish cumplir to complete; see compliment
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Word Origin and History for complying

comply

v.

early 14c., "to fulfill, carry out," from Old French compli, past participle of complir "to accomplish, fulfill, carry out," from Vulgar Latin *complire, from Latin complere "to fill up" (see complete (adj.)). Meaning influenced by ply (v.2). Sense of "to consent" began c.1600 and might have been a reintroduction from Italian, where complire had come to mean "satisfy by 'filling up' the forms of courtesy."

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