obey

[oh-bey]
verb (used with object)
1.
to comply with or follow the commands, restrictions, wishes, or instructions of: to obey one's parents.
2.
to comply with or follow (a command, restriction, wish, instruction, etc.).
3.
(of things) to respond conformably in action to: The car obeyed the slightest touch of the steering wheel.
4.
to submit or conform in action to (some guiding principle, impulse, one's conscience, etc.).
verb (used without object)
5.
to be obedient: to agree to obey.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English obeien < Old French obeir < Latin oboedīre, equivalent to ob- ob- + audīre to hear; -oe- for expected -ū- is unclear

obeyable, adjective
obeyer, noun
obeyingly, adverb
unobeyed, adjective
unobeying, adjective
well-obeyed, adjective
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obey (əˈbeɪ)
 
vb
1.  to carry out (instructions or orders); comply with (demands)
2.  to behave or act in accordance with (one's feelings, whims, etc)
 
[C13: from Old French obéir, from Latin oboedīre, from ob- to, towards + audīre to hear]
 
o'beyer
 
n

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obey
late 13c., from O.Fr. obeir, from L. oboedire "obey, pay attention to, give ear," lit. "listen to," from ob "to" + audire "listen, hear" (see audience). Same sense development is in cognate O.E. hiersumnian.
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Example sentences
Others have attacked her for picking and choosing which laws she will and will
  not obey.
Regional governors must obey federal law or risk dismissal.
King believed that peaceful refusal to obey unjust law was the best way to
  bring about social change.
If the hospital and care givers won't obey it, they must inform the patient.
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