- Word History, Word Explorer
|part of speech:
||obeys, obeying, obeyed
||to do what someone tells you to do.
The soldier obeyed the officer's orders.
- similar words:
- observe, yield to
||obeyable (adj.), obeyingly (adv.), obeyer (n.)
The word obey
comes from an early French word that means "give ear to" or "pay attention to."