abide by

If you abide by something, you obey or comply with a rule. If you don't abide by the rules at school, you might find yourself in the principal's office.

To accept a rule or act according to a recommendation is to abide by them. If a judge makes a ruling, you have to abide by her decision. If your parents set a curfew, you'll get in trouble if you don't abide by it. This phrase comes from the verb abide, which today means "tolerate," although it originally meant "wait," from a root meaning "remain, wait, or dwell."

Definitions of abide by
  1. verb
    show respect towards
    synonyms: honor, honour, observe, respect
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    show a lack of respect for
    celebrate, lionise, lionize
    assign great social importance to
    recognize and respect (rights and beliefs of others)
    type of:
    consider or hold as true
  2. verb
    act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes
    abide by the rules”
    synonyms: comply, follow
    follow, stick to, stick with
    keep to
    adopt, espouse, follow
    choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
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    accommodate, oblige
    provide a service or favor for someone
    toe the line
    do what is expected
    conform to
    type of:
    be obedient to
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