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Definitions of comply

  1. act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes; " He complied with my instructions"; " You must comply or else!"; " Follow these simple rules"; " abide by the rules"
  2. To fulfill; to accomplish.
  3. To infold; to embrace.
  4. To yield assent; agree; consent.
  5. Complied.
  6. Complying.
  7. To yield to the wishes of another: to agree:- pr. p. complying; pa. t. and pa. p. complied.
  8. To yield to; to agree.
  9. To conform; consent; obey.
  10. To yield and conform to the wishes of another; to consent.
  11. To yield to; to fulfil or complete; to accord with; to be obsequious to.
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Usage examples for comply

  1. Nevertheless, should your aunt bid you to stay, and should you think it right to comply with her desire, I will not complain. – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope
  2. With that condition Congress cannot comply. – Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams. by Josiah Quincy
  3. I had to drop my letter to comply. – Dead Men Tell No Tales by E. W. Hornung
  4. He was indignant, but he was obliged to comply with the young man's demand, in order that I might be relieved from my most unpleasant situation as soon as possible. – The Lonely House by Adolph Streckfuss
  5. But what's the tribe most likely to comply? – The Poetical Works of Edward Young, Volume 2 by Edward Young
  6. She could not, however, at once prevail upon her to comply with her rival's terms. – The Fat and the Thin by Emile Zola
  7. It was evident that neither the consul nor vice- consul liked the duty imposed on them, but they could not refuse to comply with the young commander's request. – The Three Lieutenants by W.H.G. Kingston
  8. Supposing it to be his duty to comply with this command, the detective crossed the bay to meet the train for that purpose. – Personal Reminiscences of Early Days in California with Other Sketches; To Which Is Added the Story of His Attempted Assassination by a Former Associate on the Supreme Bench of the State by Stephen Field; George C. Gorham
  9. If power is put into our hands on certain conditions, and we find ourselves unable to comply with those conditions, we ought to surrender the power back to those who gave it. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  10. " I comply of course," I observed. – Across the Zodiac by Percy Greg
  11. But I was too much confused to speak clearly; my only hope was that he would comply, out of prudence. – The Red Cockade by Stanley J. Weyman
  12. He commanded the youth not to return, unless they would comply with these conditions. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  13. He spoke these words not only with strong feeling, but even imparted to them a tone of entreaty, so that Upton could not but comply. – The Fortunes Of Glencore by Charles James Lever
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