IPA: oʊbˈeɪ


  • (transitive) To do as ordered by (a person, institution etc), to act according to the bidding of.
  • (intransitive) To do as one is told.
  • (obsolete, intransitive) To be obedient, compliant (to a given law, restriction etc.).

Examples of "obey" in Sentences

  • Even the truculent Taiaroa obeyed.
  • The men obeyed, but the women did not.
  • The monarch is expected to obey the law.
  • She obeys to save herself from the lash.
  • Contumacy is the refusal to obey a court order.
  • However, the pressure obeys the thermodynamic relation.
  • In the modern vows, however, the word 'obey' is excluded.
  • The bosonic field operators obey the commutation relation.
  • The particles of a rigid body obey the holonomic constraint.
  • Instead of obeying the orders, the group attacked the policeman.
  • After the muster, the recruits swore to obey the articles of war.
  • To obey is better than sacrifice; for angels obey, but do not sacrifice.
  • They must live here or there, marry so and so, or forfeit favour -- in short, obey the parental head.
  • The only rule the king has to obey is that eventually he has to call every prisoner in an arbitrary number of times.
  • He thought Alesandra had already fallen asleep and was just easing away from her when she whispered, “I dislike the word obey, Colin.”
  • Helen, in a cream-colored sheath, her hair clipped with a beaded tiara, repeated similar promises, her throat tightening ever so slightly around the word obey.
  • So they returned to the palace, mourning for their separation from him, especially the youngest, with whom no rest would stay nor would Patience her call obey, but she wept night and day.
  • Equality is the soul of friendship: marriage, to give delight, must join two minds, not devote a slave to the will of an imperious lord; whatever conveys the idea of subjection necessarily destroys that of love, of which I am so convinced, that I have always wished the word obey expunged from the marriage ceremony.
  • God had often declared that to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams, that sacrifice and offering he would not; the legal sacrifices had their virtue and value from the institution, and the reference they had to Christ the great propitiation; but otherwise, of themselves, it was impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sin.

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