from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To carry out or fulfill the command, order, or instruction of.
- transitive v. To carry out or comply with (a command, for example).
- intransitive v. To behave obediently.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To do as ordered by (a person, institution etc), to act according to the bidding of.
- v. To do as one is told.
- v. To be obedient, compliant (to a given law, restriction etc.).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To give ear to; to execute the commands of; to yield submission to; to comply with the orders of.
- transitive v. To submit to the authority of; to be ruled by.
- transitive v. To yield to the impulse, power, or operation of.
- intransitive v. To give obedience.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To comply with the wishes or commands of; submit to, as in duty bound; be subject to; serve with dutifulness.
- To comply with; carry out; perform; execute.
- To submit to the power, control, or influence of: as, a ship obeys her helm.
- To submit (one's self).
- To yield or give up; submit to power, authority, control, or influence; do as bidden or directed: as, will you obey? Formerly sometimes followed by to.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be obedient to
Middle English obeien, from Old French obeir, from Latin oboedīre, to listen to : ob-, to; see ob- + audīre, to hear; see au- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman obeir, obeier et al., Old French obeir, from Latin oboedire (also obēdīre ("to listen to, harken, usually in extended sense, obey, be subject to, serve")), from ob- ("before, near") + audīre ("to hear"). Compare audient. (Wiktionary)