Comply is to act according to someone's wishes or rules. Although you might like to stay out with your friends, you'll have to comply with your parents' rules and be home by midnight.

Comply shares a root with the word, complete. In a way, when you comply with a rule or agreement, you are completing it, or completing your part in it. When someone is in compliance with an agreement or a legal ruling, that means that they have done everything they needed to satisfy the ruling. Comply with the rules of grammar or your English teacher will turn your paper red with ink!

Definitions of comply

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

“He complied with my instructions”
“You must comply or else!”
abide by, follow
follow, stick to, stick with
keep to
adopt, espouse, follow
choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
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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