American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To act in accordance with another's command, request, rule, or wish: The patient complied with the physician's orders.
- v. Obsolete To be courteous or obedient.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To fulfil; perform or execute.
- To caress; embrace; encircle.
- To act in accordance with another's will or desire; yield in agreement or compliance: as, to comply with a command or request.
- To accommodate itself; accord; fit; conform: said of things.
- To be courteous, complaisant, or conciliatory.
- v. To yield assent; to accord; agree, or acquiesce; to adapt one's self; to consent or conform;
- v. archaic To be ceremoniously courteous; to make one's compliments.
- v. archaic To fulfill; to accomplish.
- v. archaic To enfold; to embrace.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To yield assent; to accord; agree, or acquiesce; to adapt one's self; to consent or conform; -- usually followed by with.
- v. obsolete To be ceremoniously courteous; to make one's compliments.
- v. obsolete To fulfill; to accomplish.
- v. obsolete To infold; to embrace.
- v. act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes
- Middle English complien, to carry out, fulfill, from Old French complir, from Latin complēre; see complete. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Pink, a father of three, expressed his dissatisfaction with the current model for education and what he refers to as a "comply or defy" environment.”
“Companies that use this label comply with the nonprofit group's sustainability requirements for construction.”
“Instead, merely attempting to comply is very expensive, causing many people rationally to pay off the books.”
“In some States, refusal to comply is itself resisting arrest without violence.”
“Unlike not wearing a headscarf, or sitting too close to someone of the opposite sex in public, failure to comply is not punishable by government.”
“Still, getting the cheaper and more recalcitrant companies to comply is a good thing.”
“One of the biggest places they need to comply is hiring real live human beings, people who have a little bit of compassion on people when the need help.”
“I’m sure the laws in those cases will be upheld, but the penalty for failure to comply is likely to be limited to something short of lifelong ban.”
“If NATO forces refuse to comply, which is likely, it will once again be clear who is really in charge in Afghanistan, and who, on the other hand, is providing less and less respectable cover for an army of occupation and its "non-military" agents. posted by Dr. Dawg at 12: 04 PM”
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