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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To complying
World English Dictionary
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]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
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."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
But we'll be dragged kicking and screaming into complying with reality.
The necessity of complying with times, and of sparing persons, is the great
  impediment of biography.
Ships not complying would be intercepted and might be sunk.
Complying with policies is too onerous for many small operators.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature