Obey Definition

obeyed, obeying, obeys
obeyed, obeying, obeys
To be obedient.
Webster's New World
To carry out the instructions or orders of.
Webster's New World
To carry out (an instruction or order)
Webster's New World
To behave obediently.
American Heritage
To be guided by; submit to the control of.
To obey one's conscience.
Webster's New World

Origin of Obey

  • From Anglo-Norman obeir, obeier et al., Old French obeir, from Latin oboedire (also obÄ“dÄ«re (“to listen to, harken, usually in extended sense, obey, be subject to, serve")), from ob- (“before, near") + audÄ«re (“to hear"). Compare audient.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English obeien from Old French obeir from Latin oboedīre to listen to ob- to ob– audīre to hear au- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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