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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 yield assent; to accord; agree, or acquiesce; to adapt one's self; to consent or conform; -- usually followed by with.
  3. To be ceremoniously courteous; to make one's compliments.
  4. To fulfill; to accomplish.
  5. To infold; to embrace.
  6. To yield assent; agree; consent.
  7. Complied.
  8. Complying.
  9. To yield to the wishes of another: to agree:- pr. p. complying; pa. t. and pa. p. complied.
  10. To yield to; to agree.
  11. To conform; consent; obey.
  12. To yield and conform to the wishes of another; to consent.
  13. To yield to; to fulfil or complete; to accord with; to be obsequious to.
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Usage examples for comply

  1. If I can I shall gladly comply – Early Plays Catiline, The Warrior's Barrow, Olaf Liljekrans by Henrik Ibsen
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Wordsworth's views are really proofs that poetry is found in prose, for the prose writers comply with his requirements of using in their compositions the natural conversation of men under the influence of natural feelings. – The Literature of Ecstasy by Albert Mordell
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Marston cast another hungry look at the revolver, while making no move to comply with the order he had received. – The Man from Jericho by Edwin Carlile Litsey
  8. He gave orders to celebrate Easter with a Communion according to the Articles of Perth, announcing a severe penalty against all who would not comply – Sketches of the Covenanters by J. C. McFeeters
  9. 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
  10. But what's the tribe most likely to comply – The Poetical Works of Edward Young, Volume 2 by Edward Young
  11. Greson turned to comply but at that moment the wind took a piece of the lighted sponge from the holder and carried it upward. – Leo the Circus Boy by Ralph Bonehill
  12. 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
  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
  14. She could not, however, at once prevail upon her to comply with her rival's terms. – The Fat and the Thin by Emile Zola
  15. 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
  16. With that condition Congress cannot comply – Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams. by Josiah Quincy
  17. " I comply of course," I observed. – Across the Zodiac by Percy Greg
  18. Archbishop Fitz- Ralph was unwilling to cause disturbance by refusing to obey this order, but on the other hand he felt that to comply with it fully would be to prejudice the legitimate claims of his see. – The Irish Ecclesiastical Record, Volume 1, August 1865 by Society of Clergymen
  19. I had to drop my letter to comply – Dead Men Tell No Tales by E. W. Hornung
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