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Definition of "obey" []

  • To carry out or fulfill the command, order, or instruction of. (verb-transitive)
  • To carry out or comply with (a command, for example). (verb-transitive)
  • To behave obediently. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "obey" in a sentence
  • "Helen, in a cream-colored sheath, her hair clipped with a beaded tiara, repeated similar promises, her throat tightening ever so slightly around the word obey."
  • "He thought Alesandra had already fallen asleep and was just easing away from her when she whispered, “I dislike the word obey, Colin.”"
  • "In the modern vows, however, the word 'obey' is excluded."