verb (used with object)
to comply with or follow the commands, restrictions, wishes, or instructions of:
to obey one's parents.
to comply with or follow (a command, restriction, wish, instruction, etc.).
(of things) to respond conformably in action to:
The car obeyed the slightest touch of the steering wheel.
to submit or conform in action to (some guiding principle, impulse, one's conscience, etc.).
verb (used without object)
to agree to obey.
to carry out (instructions or orders); comply with (demands)
to behave or act in accordance with (one's feelings, whims, etc)
[C13: from Old French
to, towards +
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The light-speed limit obeyed by the rest of the world can take a leap, for all that quantum physics cares.
He was also a materialist, believing that the atoms obeyed laws, not that they received external guidance.
The law requiring seats for saleswomen, generally ignored, was obeyed faithfully in this establishment.
Thirteen hundred human beings here obeyed the call of one,-were his in body, and largely in soul.
She works quickly but methodically, as if she were following a recipe that must be obeyed scrupulously if it's to succeed at all.
Instructions from any one of these domain names would be obeyed.
Useful or not, there was a routine to be followed, and there were orders to be obeyed.
Sinister and despotic in that it cannot be obeyed and thus makes sinners even of quite thoughtful people.