Definitions of obey

  1. be obedient to
  2. To give ear to; to execute the commands of; to yield submission to; to comply with the orders of.
  3. To submit to the authority of; to be ruled by.
  4. To yield to the impulse, power, or operation of; as, a ship obeys her helm.
  5. To give obedience.
  6. To submit to the rule or authority of; as, to obey the commandments; comply with the orders or instructions of; as, to obey parents; to respond to direction or control of; as, a horse obeys the rein.
  7. Obeyed.
  8. Obeying.
  9. To yield; do as bidden.
  10. To do as told: to be ruled by: to yield to.
  11. ( B.) To yield obedience ( followed by to).
  12. OBEYER.
  13. To do as ordered.
  14. To yield to; comply with the orders of.
  15. To do the bidding of ( a person); act according to ( a command or law); be controlled by.
  16. To yield obedience.
  17. To comply with orders or instructions; to submit to be ruled by, or to the control of; to yield to.
  18. To comply with the commands, orders, or instructions of a superior, as a parent, a master, or a teacher; to yield submission to.

Quotes of obey

  1. If a Woman can neither Love nor Honour, she does ill in promising to Obey – Mary Astell
  2. Punishment may make us obey the orders we are given, but at best it will only teach an obedience to authority, not a self -control which enhances our self -respect. – Bruno Bettelheim
  3. And, if there was any responsibility in refusing to obey he was willing to accept it. – John Bigelow
  4. We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature. – Edmund Burke
  5. I would not like a king who could obey – Pierre Corneille
  6. The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children. – King Edward VIII
  7. National armies fight nations, royal armies fight their like, the first obey a mob, always demented and the second a king, generally sane. – J. F. C. Fuller
  8. The breaking wave and the muscle as it contracts obey the same law. Delicate line gathers the body's total strength in a bold balance. Shall my soul meet so severe a curve, journeying on its way to form? – Dag Hammarskjold
  9. For if God is a title of the highest power, He must be incorruptible, perfect, incapable of suffering, and subject to no other being; therefore they are not gods whom necessity compels to obey the one greatest God. – Lactantius
  10. A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worst when they despise him. But of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say, 'We did this ourselves.' – Laozi
  11. Obey the principles without being bound by them. – Bruce Lee
  12. No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it. – Theodore Roosevelt
  13. Don't automatically obey Presidential directives if you disagree or if you suspect he hasn't considered key aspects of the issue. – Donald Rumsfeld
  14. To make laws that man cannot, and will not obey serves to bring all law into contempt. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  15. While Taliban fighters had an initial claim to protection under the conventions, they lost POW status by failing to obey the standards of conduct for legal combatants: wearing uniforms, a responsible command structure, and obeying the laws of war. – John Yoo

Usage examples for obey

  1. But he did not obey her. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. But if he places me in command, I will cheerfully obey him, and will fight you and do you all the mischief in my power." – Plutarch's Lives Volume III. by Plutarch
  3. Should she obey it, or should she not obey it? – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope
  4. I shall leave these to guard you and obey you. – The Metal Monster by A. Merritt
  5. I obey you, lord. – Ayesha The Further History of She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed by H. Rider Haggard
  6. Slowly Clutching Hand started to obey – The Exploits of Elaine by Arthur B. Reeve
  7. I have done the best I can, and I know she will obey me." – The Expressman and the Detective by Allan Pinkerton
  8. Now, be so good as to obey me at once. – The New Tenant by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  9. " I'll do this and more, Jim Reid," said the Dean firmly, and there was that in his voice which, in the wild days of the past, had compelled many a man to fear and obey him. – When A Man's A Man by Harold Bell Wright
  10. I must, I will obey it. – Grandmother Elsie by Martha Finley
  11. Now is the time, while she is young and it will obey her. – The Girl and Her Religion by Margaret Slattery
  12. I will obey you in everything. – A Monk of Cruta by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  13. And to make you quick and true To obey – Quiet Talks on Service by S. D. Gordon
  14. I suppose I must obey but remember, you'll have to promise to obey pretty soon." – The Old Gray Homestead by Frances Parkinson Keyes
  15. I shall most certainly obey you in this, Sir, as in all other things! – Temporal Power by Marie Corelli
  16. They would, of course, obey the law. – The Red Hand of Ulster by George A. Birmingham
  17. Why do you not obey my orders to report strength and position of your command? – From Fort Henry to Corinth by Manning Ferguson Force
  18. " But you forget," said he, not taking his eyes from my face-" in my service I must obey as well as command: I am not my own master exactly." – Daisy by Elizabeth Wetherell
  19. Their business was simply to obey – The Spirit-Filled Life by John MacNeil Commentator: Andrew Murray
  20. No one shall come with us to- night who does not obey now! – Patsy by S. R. Crockett

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