O*bey" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Obeyed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Obeying.] [OE. obeyen, F. ob'eir, fr. L. obedire, oboedire; ob (see Ob-) + audire to hear. See Audible, and cf. Obeisance.]


To give ear to; to execute the commands of; to yield submission to; to comply with the orders of.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord. Eph. vi. 1.

Was she the God, that her thou didst obey? Milton.


To submit to the authority of; to be ruled by


My will obeyed his will. Chaucer.

Afric and India shall his power obey. Dryden.


To yield to the impulse, power, or operation of; as, a ship obeys her helm.


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O*bey", v. i.

To give obedience.

Will he obey when one commands? Tennyson.

⇒ By some old writers obey was used, as in the French idiom, with the preposition to.

His servants ye are, to whom ye obey. Rom. vi. 16.

He commanded the trumpets to sound: to which the two brave knights obeying, they performed their courses. Sir. P. Sidney.


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