Meaning of “comply” in the English Dictionary

"comply" in British English

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complyverb [ I ]

uk /kəmˈplaɪ/ us /kəmˈplaɪ/ formal

C1 to act according to an order, set of rules, or request:

He's been ordered to have the dog destroyed because it's dangerous, but he refuses to comply.
There are serious penalties for failure to comply with the regulations.

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  • The court issued a contempt citation against city council members who refused to comply with a court order.
  • He was happy to comply without any further urging from me.
  • He was jailed for refusing to comply with the court order.
  • The builders have not complied with the architect's instructions.
  • She had very set views about the funeral, and everyone was happy to comply with her wishes.

(Definition of “comply” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"comply" in American English

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complyverb [ I ]

us /kəmˈplɑɪ/ fml

to obey an order, rule, or request:

Comosa says he will comply with the judge’s ruling.
noun [ U ] us /kəmˈplɑɪ·əns/


The company said that it had always acted in compliance with environmental laws.

(Definition of “comply” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"comply" in Business English

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complyverb [ I ]

uk /kəmˈplaɪ/ us

LAW to obey a particular rule or law, or act according to an agreement:

comply with sth The state's mining law requires mine operators to comply with local land use regulations.

(Definition of “comply” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)