What does obey mean?

Definitions for obeyoʊˈbeɪ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word obey.

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. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee:

    You obey it if it's right.

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Give all to love obey thy heart.

  3. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Give all to love; obey thy heart.

  4. Solon:

    Learn to obey before you command.

  5. Kenyan Proverb:

    He who refuses to obey cannot command.

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