Definitions for obeyoʊˈbeɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to comply with the wishes, instructions, or commands of.

  2. to comply with or follow:

    to obey orders.

  3. to respond readily to:

    The car obeys my slightest touch on the steering wheel.

  4. to submit or conform to :

    to obey the law of gravity.

  5. (v.i.)to be obedient.

Origin of obey:

1250–1300; ME < OF obeir < L oboedīre=ob-ob - +audīre to hear


Princeton's WordNet

  1. obey(verb)

    be obedient to

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. obey(verb)ʊˈbeɪ

    to do what sb tells you, or to follow a rule

    We teach kids to obey the law.; She told the dog to come, and he obeyed.


  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


  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.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

Translations for obey

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to do what one is told to do

I obeyed the order.

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