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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To act in accordance with another's command, request, rule, or wish.
  • intransitive verb Obsolete To be courteous or obedient.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English complien, to carry out, fulfill, from Old French complir, from Latin complēre; see complete.]

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