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Meaning of “obey” in the English Dictionary

"obey" in British English

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obeyverb

uk   /əʊˈbeɪ/ /əˈ-/  us   /oʊ-/
B2 [I or T] to ​actaccording to what you have been ​asked or ​ordered to do by someone in ​authority, or to ​behaveaccording to a ​rule, ​law, or ​instruction: The ​soldiersrefused to obey (​orders). to obey the rules of ​internationallaw
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[ T] to ​behaveaccording to a ​scientificprinciple: Falling ​objects obey the law of ​gravity. [T] If ​yourbody or ​part of ​yourbody 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.

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

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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 ​toddlerrefused to obey. [T] Residents are ​expected to obey the ​houserules.
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