Meaning of “obey” in the English Dictionary

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"obey" in British English

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obeyverb

uk /əʊˈbeɪ/ /əˈbeɪ/ us /oʊˈbeɪ/

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
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[ 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.

More examples

  • He hated being in the army because he had to obey commands.
  • With careful training, a dog will obey its master completely.
  • The role of the police is to ensure that the law is obeyed.
  • Have you been obeying the rules?
  • He was disciplined for failing to obey orders.

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

"obey" in American English

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obeyverb [ I/T ]

us /oʊˈbeɪ/

to do what you are told or expected to do according to someone in authority or a rule or law:

[ I ] The toddler refused to obey.
[ T ] Residents are expected to obey the house rules.

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