- 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(figurative) I tried to run but my legs just wouldn't obey me. “Sit down!” Meekly, she obeyed. opposite disobey
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NAmE//oʊˈbeɪ//, 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