1 comply (with), agree (to), consent (to), submit (to), abide (by), observe, respect, adhere to, follow, conform (to or with), acquiesce (to or in), mind, accept, heed, defer to, yield (to), knuckle under (to), give way (to), surrender (to), succumb (to), give in (to), truckle to, bow to, bend to, take or accept orders from:
Unfortunately, Ogilvy has obeyed his baser instincts in making the punishment fit the crime. Everything must obey the laws of nature. Harold obeys Millie's slightest whim
2 discharge, execute, effect, carry out, fulfil, meet, satisfy, do, perform; serve, act:
We obeyed the colonel's orders to the letter. It is your function to command, mine to obey.
She was used to having her orders instantly obeyed.
| automatically, blindly, meekly, unquestioningly | eagerly | reluctantly
VERB + OBEY
have to, must | refuse to
He refuses to obey the school rules.
| fail to | be willing to | promise to
be only obeying orders
At the trial the soldiers made the excuse that they were only obeying orders.
| a duty/an obligation to obey
People have a moral duty to obey the law.
| sth has to be/must be obeyed
Rules are rules and they must be obeyed.
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