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Princeton's WordNet

  1. comply, follow, abide byverb

    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. complyverb

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

  2. complyverb

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

  3. complyverb

    To fulfill; to accomplish.

  4. complyverb

    To infold; to embrace.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To COMPLYverb

    To yield to; to be obsequious to; to accord with; to suit with. It has with before as well persons as things.

    Etymology: Stephen Skinner derives it from the French complaire; but probably it comes from complier, to bend to. Plier is still in use.

    The rising sun complys with our weak sight,
    First gilds the clouds, then shews his globe of light. Edmund Waller.

    They did servilely comply with the people in worshipping God by sensible images and representations. John Tillotson.

    The truth of things will not comply with our conceits, and bend itself to our interest. John Tillotson.

    Remember I am she who sav’d your life,
    Your loving, lawful, and complying wife. Dryden.

    He made his wish with his estate comply,
    Joyful to live, yet not afraid to die. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Complyverb

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

  2. Complyverb

    to be ceremoniously courteous; to make one's compliments

  3. Complyverb

    to fulfill; to accomplish

  4. Complyverb

    to infold; to embrace

  5. Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. comply

    To act or behave according to a specific rule, guideline, process, procedure, standard or code.

    We all are respectful of guidelines and if they require changing then that is easily achieved with understanding.

    Submitted by MaryC on July 11, 2020  

  2. comply

    To act or create according to the eligibility criteria, guidelines, instruction, legislation, principles, policy, standard or rules.

    They do comply with the company quality management system rules.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 27, 2020  

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

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  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

Examples of comply in a Sentence

  1. Jillian York:

    Twitter has, over the years, refused to comply with unjust laws, laws that are not in line with international human rights standards, i am definitely concerned that [ Musk ] lacks the understanding of international human rights issues, and the ways in which state actors around the world have both placed demands for censorship on these platforms and have used them for the purposes of harm.

  2. Karen Hayes:

    We are more than willing to work with the LME or any companies seeking to comply with the LME's responsible sourcing standards.

  3. Jocelerme Privert:

    The agreement stands even beyond the 120 days. We have dates and deadlines that changed for reasons beyond our control, but the fundamental mission is to organize the election as soon as possible, i am ready to comply with any decision made by parliament in that regard. But if they are not able to make any decision, I cannot abandon my responsibilities.

  4. Carey Baker:

    As a dealer, with everything I own at risk, I need clear language, i want to comply. I don't want to jeopardize 130 years' worth of business.

  5. Sammy Almashat:

    Previous penalties never have been large enough to deter the most common types of pharmaceutical fraud, so it would be surprising if the industry suddenly decided of its own accord to comply with laws it has routinely violated for decades.

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    the act of carrying something
    • A. interrogate
    • B. conceal
    • C. restore
    • D. carry

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