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Definition of obey verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//əˈbeɪ//
    [transitive, intransitive] obey (somebody/something)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they obey
    he / she / it obeys
    past simple obeyed
    -ing form obeying
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  1. 1  to do what you are told or expected to do to obey a command/an order/rules/the law He had always obeyed his parents without question.
  2. 2(figurative) I tried to run but my legs just wouldn't obey me. “Sit down!” Meekly, she obeyed. opposite disobey
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