• (GA) IPA: /oʊˈbeɪ/, /əˈbeɪ/
  • (RP) IPA: /əʊˈbeɪ/, /əˈbeɪ/

obey (obeys, present participle obeying; past and past participle obeyed)

  1. (transitive) To do as ordered by (a person, institution etc), to act according to the bidding of.
  2. (intransitive) To do as one is told.
  3. (obsolete, intransitive) To be obedient, compliant (to a given law, restriction etc.).
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.iv:
      They were all taught by Triton, to obay / To the long raynes, at her commaundement [...].
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