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obey

o·bey

obey

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