obey

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v obey be obedient to
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: PcGamer readers are all mighty and should be obeyed explicitly, lest they release the wrath of the Coconut Monkey upon the wrong doers.
    • Obey 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.""Was she the God, that her thou didst obey ?"
    • v. i Obey To give obedience.☞ By some old writers obey was used, as in the French idiom, with the preposition to. "Will he obey when one commands?""His servants ye are, to whom ye obey .""He commanded the trumpets to sound: to which the two brave knights obeying , they performed their courses."
    • Obey To submit to the authority of; to be ruled by. "My will obeyed his will.""Afric and India shall his power obey ."
    • Obey To yield to the impulse, power, or operation of; as, a ship obeys her helm.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • obey To comply with the wishes or commands of; submit to, as in duty bound; be subject to; serve with dutifulness.
    • obey To comply with; carry out; perform; execute.
    • obey To submit to the power, control, or influence of: as, a ship obeys her helm.
    • obey To submit (one's self).
    • obey To yield or give up; submit to power, authority, control, or influence; do as bidden or directed: as, will you obey? Formerly sometimes followed by to.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Obey ō-bā′ to do as told by: to be ruled by: to yield to: to carry out or perform
    • v.i Obey to submit to power, &c.:
    • v.i Obey (B.) to yield obedience (followed by to)
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Quotations

  • Søren Kierkegaard
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “It is so hard to believe because it is so hard to obey.”
  • James Freeman Clarke
    James Freeman Clarke
    “Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Good men must not obey the laws too well.”
  • Rabbi Ben Azai
    Rabbi Ben Azai
    “If you have fear of those that command you, spare those that obey you.”
  • Denis Diderot
    Denis%20Diderot
    “Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those who obey.”
  • Aristotle
    Aristotle
    “Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. obeyen, F. obéir, fr. L. obedire, oboedire,; ob,see Ob-) + audire, to hear. See Audible, and cf. Obeisance

Usage

In literature:

It will be your business to obey, and to ask no questions.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
Dan at once obeyed, bowing respectfully to me, and, as I observed, winking to Susan as he turned away.
"Shifting Winds" by R.M. Ballantyne
The Indian obeyed, fired, and watched for the result, but no visible result followed.
"The Walrus Hunters" by R.M. Ballantyne
Bertha sobbingly obeyed, and Freydissa followed.
"The Norsemen in the West" by R.M. Ballantyne
Either you obey, or we shall separate.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
Paul hesitated shyly, but she patted the seat in a pretty assumption of impatience, and he obeyed.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
Whosoever obeys the gods, to him they hearken propitiously.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
Why did David abjectly obey the orders of Joab?
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
You must obey him quickly, try and understand his wishes, and keep things clean and in their places.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
Messire Phedro said I was to tell your Grace that you were understood and would be obeyed.
"Clair de Lune" by Michael Strange
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In poetry:

She heard it, the victorious West,
In crown and sword arrayed!
She felt the void which mined her breast,
She shivered and obeyed.
"The Pagan World" by Matthew Arnold
Again the old spirit-wind will blow
That he promised to their prayer;
And obeying the Son, I too shall know
His father everywhere!
"Come To Me" by George MacDonald
That, by whatever is, decreed
His Will and Word shall be obeyed,
From loftiest star to lowliest seed;-
The worm and me He also made.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Child of God, His son or daughter!
Heed this word, obeying Him;
"Fill the waterpots with water,--
And they fill'd them to the brim:"
"The Water And The Wine" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
LUIS. Let the man who sighs
For his death obey! You'll see
How the boldest fares, for he,
Even before your very eyes,
Shall be slain.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
But I will do the best I can,
The noblest precepts to obey;
But sometimes tides of fierce desires,
Around my heart doth surge and sway.
"Love and Fear Contest" by Frank Barbour Coffin

In news:

Should We Obey All Laws.
Those who obeyed even when doing so seemed crazy were ultimately awarded with outcomes far better than anything they could have imagined or hoped for.
Tyler is back from Afganistan and Stephen cannot get his CO to obey orders.
Obey touts Kohl, Barrett in Walker recall but keeps door open for himself.
Obey law & occupy as long as you like: Mike.
Town clerks must obey the law and issue marriage licenses to everyone, including gays.
Boaters need to obey no-wake zones.
Bicyclists are welcome in DC, but they, too, should obey the law.
Obey Calls 14 Democratic Senators Courageous.
WUWM NEWS Mar 9, 2011 Former Congressman David Obey has strong opinions about the political battle underway in Wisconsin over Governor Walker's budget repair bill.
Obey spoke Wednesday to a Rotary Club meeting in Milwaukee.
I was 17 when I became a Christian, and I really loved the Lord Jesus, and wanted to obey Him.
Obey leash laws on the beaches.
Motorists Failing to Obey 'Move Over' Laws.
Obey pushing for $10 billion to save teacher jobs.
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In science:

V (t′ )dt′ )ϕn , obeying eq. (3), and Φn (t) → ϕn at t → +∞.
Spectrum of atomic radiation at sudden perturbation
QCD should obey the same spectral sum rules.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
In particular, the eigenvalues distributed according to the chRMT introduced in the previous section should obey the same sum rules.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Since we are making a lattice approximation we need a sequence of N numbers {Vξ (i)}i=1,..,N that obey hVξ (i)Vξ (i + l)i ∝ G(l), where in this case G(l) = exp (−∆2 l2/ξ 2).
Solvable model of a polymer in random media with long ranged disorder correlations
We will first show that the two-point function of the noncommutative φ3 theory does not obey the usual cutting rules when there is space-time noncommutativity (θ0i 6= 0).
Space-Time Noncommutative Field Theories And Unitarity
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