What does obey mean?

Definitions for obeyoʊˈbeɪ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. obey(verb)

    be obedient to


  1. obey(Verb)

    To do as ordered by (a person, institution etc), to act according to the bidding of.

  2. obey(Verb)

    To do as one is told.

  3. obey(Verb)

    To be obedient, compliant (to a given law, restriction etc.).

  4. Origin: From obeir, obeier et al., obeir, from oboedire (also obedire), from ob- + audire. Compare audient.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obey(verb)

    to give ear to; to execute the commands of; to yield submission to; to comply with the orders of

  2. Obey(verb)

    to submit to the authority of; to be ruled by

  3. Obey(verb)

    to yield to the impulse, power, or operation of; as, a ship obeys her helm

  4. Obey(verb)

    to give obedience

  5. Origin: [OE. obeyen, F. obir, fr. L. obedire, oboedire; ob (see Ob-) + audire to hear. See Audible, and cf. Obeisance.]


  1. Obey

    Obey is the third album by Brainbombs. It was released in Sweden on CD in 1995 by Releasing Eskimo. The vinyl issue was released in the U.S. by Wabana Records in 1997. It was reissued on CD by Armageddon Records in 2008. The album's cover shows a photograph of Ed Gein.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Obey

    ō-bā′, v.t. to do as told by: to be ruled by: to yield to: to carry out or perform.—v.i. to submit to power, &c.: (B.) to yield obedience (followed by to).—n. Obey′er.—adv. Obey′ingly, obediently. [Fr. obéir—L. obedīreob, near, audīre, to hear.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'obey' in Verbs Frequency: #1029


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of obey in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of obey in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Somyot Pumpanmuang:

    Please serve the people, and most importantly, obey the law.

  2. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee:

    In all of our lives there comes moments where have to decide whether we obey God or we obey a decision we believe is unlawful.

  3. Thomas Merton:

    I cannot make the universe obey me. I cannot make other people conform to my own whims and fancies. I cannot make even my own body obey me.

  4. Raghuram Rajan:

    One of the things we need to do to avoid crony capitalism is have rule of law. So our point was obey our regulation, we will work with you to fix it, to make it more useful for you.

  5. John Cornyn:

    Today's victory is an important one, but the fight to reverse the President's unconstitutional overreach is not over, the President must respect the rule of law and fully obey the court's ruling.

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