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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.

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

    Etymology: [See comply, v. i.]

  2. Complyverb

    to be ceremoniously courteous; to make one's compliments

    Etymology: [See comply, v. i.]

  3. Complyverb

    to fulfill; to accomplish

    Etymology: [See comply, v. i.]

  4. Complyverb

    to infold; to embrace

    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. Magistrate Judge Christy Comstock:

    I have full confidence in the United States Marshal Service to find you if you decide not to comply with these conditions of release, so don’t make me regret this decision, you won’t, your honor, thank you very much.

  2. Chairman Nadler:

    It remains vital that Judiciary Committee obtain access to the full, unredacted report and the underlying materials, at the moment, our plans to consider holding Attorney General Barr accountable for Attorney General Barr failure to comply with our subpoena still stand. My hope is that we make concrete progress at tomorrow's meeting towards resolving this dispute. Judiciary Committee remains committed to finding a reasonable accommodation.

  3. Judge Comstock:

    It is my intention to release you, Mr. Duggar, with a number of contentious conditions which the court is going to find to be the least restrictive conditions necessary to ensure the safety of the community, so I need you to listen up because we're in the room, and if you can't comply with any of them, then you're going to stay right where you are. OK. First, I agree with Mr. Gelfand that I haven't heard any evidence that you're a flight risk. I'm going to impose some conditions that's going to make traveling out of here pretty hard.

  4. Republican Assemblyman James Gallagher:

    Nobody here is talking about the state becoming an immigration agency or doing ICE’s job for them. It’s about whether you comply with federal law.

  5. Steven Mnuchin:

    We haven't had an official response yet, I think we have a few more days, we will comply with the timing of it, I think you can pretty much guess how we're going to, but we haven't made a decision.

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    come out into view, as from concealment
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