- To obey is defined as to carry out given orders.
An example of to obey is a dog sitting when their owner tells them to sit.
This little dog knows how to obey.
- to carry out the instructions or orders of
- to carry out (an instruction or order)
- to be guided by; submit to the control of: to obey one's conscience
Origin of obeyMiddle English obeien ; from Old French obeir ; from Classical Latin obedire, to obey ; from Old Latin oboedire ; from ob- (see ob-) + audire, to hear: see audience
verbo·beyed, o·bey·ing, o·beys
- To carry out or fulfill the command, order, or instruction of.
- To carry out or comply with (a command, for example).
Origin of obeyMiddle English obeien, from Old French obeir, from Latin oboedīre, to listen to : ob-, to; see ob– + audīre, to hear; see au- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present obeys, present participle obeying, simple past and past participle obeyed)
- To do as ordered by (a person, institution etc), to act according to the bidding of.
- (intransitive) To do as one is told.