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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.


  1. comply

    To comply means to act in accordance with a command, rule, request or wish. It involves following instructions, guidelines or laws and meeting a certain set of standards or requirements. It generally implies conformity and obedience.

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. Jeffrey Bank:

    My team members work too hard to serve our guests, work too hard to comply with New York's vaccination requirements, and still suffer too much from the attack for me to allow these false statements to stand.

  2. Vladimir Putin:

    As for the Minsk agreements, are they alive and do they have any prospect or not ? i believe that there is simply no other alternative. I repeat once again, in Kyiv, they either say that they will comply, or they say that this will destroy their country. The incumbent president recently stated that he does not like a single point of these Minsk agreements. ' Like it or don't like it, it's your duty, my beauty.' They must be fulfilled. It won't work otherwise.

  3. International Atomic Energy Agency:

    Iran has informed the Agency that in order to comply with a legal act recently passed by the country’s parliament, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran intends to produce low-enriched uranium (LEU) up to 20 percent at the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant.

  4. Violeta Bermudez:

    It [ is ] our duty to make the updated information public, not only as part of our commitment to transparency, but also to comply with our obligations as a State.

  5. Dan Tench:

    All roads lead to probably having to comply with the (EU) General Data Protection Regulation in one form or another.

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