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English definition of “obey”

obey

verb     /əʊˈbeɪ/ /əˈ-/ US  /oʊ-/
B2 [I or T] to act according to what you have been asked or ordered to do by someone in authority, or to behave according to a rule, law, or instruction: The soldiers refused to obey (orders). to obey the rules of international law → See also obedientObeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantDisobedientBad and wrong behaviour [ T] to behave according to a scientific principle: Falling objects obey the law of gravity. [T] If your body or part of your body does not obey you, it does not work in the way it should: She was so tired her legs just wouldn't obey her any longer.Inability and awkwardness
(Definition of obey verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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