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Definition of comply verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

comply

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//kəmˈplaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈplaɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they comply
BrE BrE//kəmˈplaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈplaɪ//
 
he / she / it complies
BrE BrE//kəmˈplaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈplaɪz//
 
past simple complied
BrE BrE//kəmˈplaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈplaɪd//
 
past participle complied
BrE BrE//kəmˈplaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈplaɪd//
 
-ing form complying
BrE BrE//kəmˈplaɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈplaɪɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] comply (with something) to obey a rule, an order, etc. They refused to comply with the UN resolution. When requested to leave, they refused to comply. What sanctions can they take against us if we fail to comply? see also compliance Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Italian complire, Catalan complir, Spanish cumplir, from Latin complere ‘fill up, fulfil’, from com- (expressing intensive force) + plere ‘fill’. The original sense was ‘fulfil, accomplish’, later ‘fulfil the requirements of courtesy’, hence ‘to be agreeable, to oblige ’or‘ obey’. Compare with compliment.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: comply