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Meaning of COMPLY

Pronunciation:  kum'plI

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes; "He complied with my instructions"; "You must comply or else!"; "Follow these simple rules"; "abide by the rules"

COMPLY is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: abide by, follow
 See Also: accommodate, conform to, obey, oblige, toe the line



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Com*ply"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Complied}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Complying}.] [Perh. formed fr. compliment, influenced by
    ply, pliant, which are of different origin: cf. It. complire
    to compliment, finish, suit. See {Compliment}, {Complete}.]
    1. To yield assent; to accord; agree, or acquiesce; to adapt
       one's self; to consent or conform; -- usually followed by
             Yet this be sure, in nothing to comply, Scandalous
             or forbidden in our law.              --Milton.
             They did servilely comply with the people in
             worshiping God by sensible images.    --Tillotson.
             He that complies against his will Is of his own
             opinion still.                        --Hudibras.
    2. To be ceremoniously courteous; to make one's compliments.
       [Obs.] --Shak.
  2. \Com*ply"\, v. t. [See {comply}, v. i.]
    1. To fulfill; to accomplish. [Obs.] --Chapman.
    2. [Cf. L. complicare to fold up. See {Ply}.] To infold; to
       embrace. [Obs.]
             Seemed to comply, Cloudlike, the daintie deitie.
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