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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To act in accordance with another's command, request, rule, or wish: The patient complied with the physician's orders.
  • intransitive v. Obsolete To be courteous or obedient.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To yield assent; to accord; agree, or acquiesce; to adapt one's self; to consent or conform;
  • v. To be ceremoniously courteous; to make one's compliments.
  • v. To fulfill; to accomplish.
  • v. To enfold; to embrace.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To yield assent; to accord; agree, or acquiesce; to adapt one's self; to consent or conform; -- usually followed by with.
  • intransitive v. To be ceremoniously courteous; to make one's compliments.
  • transitive v. To fulfill; to accomplish.
  • transitive v. To infold; to embrace.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes

Etymologies

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)

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