- 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.
obey definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English obeien ; from Old French obeir ; from Classical Latin obedire, to obey ; from Old Latin oboedire ; from ob- (see ob-) plush audire, to hear: see audience
- obeyer noun
obey definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb o·beyed, o·bey·ing, o·beys verb, transitive
- To carry out or fulfill the command, order, or instruction of.
- To carry out or comply with (a command, for example).
Origin: Middle 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.
- o·beyˈer noun