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Meaning of OBEY

Pronunciation:  ow'bey

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  be obedient to

OBEY is a 4 letter word that starts with O.


 Antonyms: disobey
 See Also: abide by, adapt, adjust, comply, conform, follow, heed, listen, mind, take orders



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \O*bey"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Obeyed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Obeying}.] [OE. obeyen, F. ob['e]ir, fr. L. obedire,
    oboedire; ob (see Ob-) + audire to hear. See {Audible}, and
    cf. {Obeisance}.]
    1. To give ear to; to execute the commands of; to yield
       submission to; to comply with the orders of.
             Children, obey your parents in the Lord. --Eph. vi.
             Was she the God, that her thou didst obey? --Milton.
    2. To submit to the authority of; to be ruled by.
             My will obeyed his will.              --Chaucer.
             Afric and India shall his power obey. --Dryden.
    3. To yield to the impulse, power, or operation of; as, a
       ship obeys her helm.
  2. \O*bey"\, v. i.
    To give obedience.
          Will he obey when one commands?          --Tennyson.
    Note: By some old writers obey was used, as in the French
          idiom, with the preposition to.
                His servants ye are, to whom ye obey. --Rom. vi.
                He commanded the trumpets to sound: to which the
                two brave knights obeying, they performed their
                courses.                           --Sir. P.
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