What does comply mean?

Definitions for complykəmˈplaɪ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word comply.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. comply, follow, abide by(verb)

    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"


  1. comply(Verb)

    To yield assent; to accord; agree, or acquiesce; to adapt one's self; to consent or conform;

  2. comply(Verb)

    : To be ceremoniously courteous; to make one's compliments.

  3. comply(Verb)

    : To fulfill; to accomplish.

  4. comply(Verb)

    : To infold; to embrace.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Comply(verb)

    to yield assent; to accord; agree, or acquiesce; to adapt one's self; to consent or conform; -- usually followed by with

  2. Comply(verb)

    to be ceremoniously courteous; to make one's compliments

  3. Comply(verb)

    to fulfill; to accomplish

  4. Comply(verb)

    to infold; to embrace

  5. Origin: [See comply, v. i.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Comply

    kom-plī′, v.i. to yield to the wishes of another: to agree or consent to (with):—pr.p. comply′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. complied′.—n. Complī′er, one who complies.—p.adj. Comply′ing, compliant. [It. complire, to fulfil, to suit, to offer courtesies—L. complēre, to fulfil.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'comply' in Verbs Frequency: #713


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of comply in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of comply in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Anuj Somany:

    Change Yourself” doesn't imply to be like everyone else, but to comply with everything that helps to be your true self.

  2. Phoenix Police Department:

    The officer gave the suspect several commands to get on the ground but he refused to comply, yelling profanities at the officer.

  3. Victor Muguto:

    Wherever you go there are new regulations to learn and comply with, there are shortages of staff in some of the countries, experienced staff are not always easy to come by.

  4. Maurie Levine:

    It's the second court ruling saying we're entitled to this information - yet TDCJ keeps fighting tooth and nail, ... dragging out the appeals and refusing to comply while executions proceed in secret.

  5. Jeff Woodburn:

    College students are eligible to vote if they declare domicile here, but anybody who does that then has to comply with the laws of the state, if someone is domiciled in New Hampshire (and has a vehicle), then within 60 days, they need to obtain a driver’s license. I think we will find that within that 5,000, there will be many who did not comply with the law.

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Translations for comply

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • съобразявам се, спазвам, придържам се към, изпълнявам, съгласявам сеBulgarian
  • einwilligenGerman
  • συμμορφώνονταιGreek
  • cumplir, accederSpanish
  • suostua, taipua, mukautua, myöntyäFinnish
  • acquiescer, respecter, conformerFrench
  • gèillScottish Gaelic
  • נענהHebrew
  • konformigarIdo
  • conformarsi, concordare, adattarsi, attuareItalian
  • 守る, 従う, 応じるJapanese
  • voldoenDutch
  • aquiescer, cumprir, assentir, concordarPortuguese
  • supuneRomanian
  • подчиня́ться, соглаша́тьсяRussian

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