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comply

[kuhm-plahy]

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verb (used without object), com·plied, com·ply·ing.
  1. to act or be in accordance with wishes, requests, demands, requirements, conditions, etc.; agree (sometimes followed by with): They asked him to leave and he complied. She has complied with the requirements.
  2. Obsolete. to be courteous or conciliatory.
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Origin of comply

1595–1605; < Italian complire < Spanish cumplir (see compliment ) to fulfill, accomplish < Latin complēre, equivalent to com- com- + plē- fill + -re infinitive suffix
Related formsun·com·ply·ing, adjective

Synonyms for comply

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1. acquiesce , yield , conform , obey , consent , assent .

Antonyms for comply

1. refuse , resist .
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Related Words for comply

satisfy , quit , obey , acquiesce , submit , observe , defer , accord , accede , ditto , perform , mind , yield , keep , fold , fulfill , discharge , respect


Examples from the Web for comply

Contemporary Examples of comply

  • A big cake requires a big festival, and Augustus was happy to comply.

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    One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts

    Molly Hannon

    December 24, 2014

  • The Malaysian crew said they could not comply—the report gives no reason for what was very likely a fateful decision.

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    MH17 Switched Places With Another Jet

    Clive Irving

    September 9, 2014

  • In past flare-ups—documented on open carry forums—the grocery chain has said that it will comply with state laws.

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    Gun Control Group Moms Demand Action Asking Kroger to Ban Guns in Stores

    Brandy Zadrozny

    August 18, 2014

  • And since WhatsApp is considered a form of texting, people are not obliged to comply.

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    Israel, Hamas, WhatsApp and Hacked Phones in the Gaza Psy-War

    Itay Hod

    July 26, 2014

  • Industry will then, under the proposed rules, have a two-year transitional period over which to comply with the new requirements.

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    Guess Who Doesn’t Want You to Know How Much Added Sugar Is in Your Food

    Tim Mak

    July 19, 2014

Historical Examples of comply

  • There are twenty men who will be eager to comply with the wishes of their minister.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327

    Various

  • My heart fluttered as I rose to comply with the demand, and the chapel was hushed.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327

    Various

  • He scowled upon me with a natural hate, and refused to comply with my request.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327

    Various

  • We have agreed all to be moved, or none; and not to comply without one another.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • I am sorry my case is so circumstanced, that I cannot comply.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson


British Dictionary definitions for comply

comply

verb -plies, -plying or -plied (intr)
  1. (usually foll by with) to act in accordance with rules, wishes, etc; be obedient (to)
  2. obsolete to be obedient or complaisant
Derived Formscomplier, noun

Word Origin for comply

C17: from Italian complire, from Spanish cumplir to complete; see compliment
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Word Origin and History for comply
v.

early 14c., “to fulfill, carry out,” from Old French compli, past participle of complir “to accomplish, fulfill, carry out,” from Vulgar Latin *complire, from Latin complere “to fill up” (see complete (adj.)). Meaning influenced by ply (v.2). Sense of “to consent” began c.1600 and might have been a reintroduction from Italian, where complire had come to mean “satisfy by ‘filling up’ the forms of courtesy.”

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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Nearby words for comply


  1. compliment
  2. complimentary
  3. complimentary close
  4. compline
  5. complot
  6. comply
  7. compo
  8. component
  9. component of complement
  10. componential analysis
  11. componentry

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comply

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  • verbabide by, follow agreement or instructions
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Synonyms for comply

verb abide by, follow agreement or instructions

  • acquiesce
  • adhere to
  • give in
  • give up
  • obey
  • observe
  • quit
  • satisfy
  • submit
  • accede
  • accord
  • defer
  • discharge
  • ditto
  • fold
  • fulfill
  • keep
  • mind
  • perform
  • respect
  • yield
  • agree to
  • cave in
  • come around
  • conform to
  • consent to
  • cry uncle
  • don't make waves
  • don't rock the boat
  • fit in
  • give out
  • go along with
  • go with the flow
  • knuckle to
  • knuckle under
  • play ball
  • play the game
  • put out
  • roll over and play dead
  • shape up
  • stay in line
  • straighten up
  • throw in towel
  • toss it in
  • yes one

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Antonyms for comply

  • disobey
  • dissuade
  • condemn
  • deny
  • disallow
  • disapprove
  • fail
  • ignore
  • neglect
  • oppose
  • prevent
  • refuse
  • withhold
  • decline
  • rebuff
  • reject
  • resist
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More words related to comply

accede

verb . agree or consent
  • accept
  • acquiesce
  • admit
  • allow
  • assent
  • be game for
  • cave in
  • comply
  • concede
  • concur
  • cooperate
  • cry uncle
  • endorse
  • enter into
  • fold
  • give the go-ahead
  • give the green light
  • go along with
  • grant
  • let
  • okay
  • permit
  • play ball
  • roll over and play dead
  • subscribe
  • throw in the towel
  • yield

accept

verb . receive by agreeing, consenting
  • accede
  • acknowledge
  • acquiesce
  • admit
  • adopt
  • affirm
  • agree to
  • approve
  • assent
  • assume
  • avow
  • bear
  • buy
  • check out
  • comply
  • concur with
  • cooperate with
  • give stamp of approval
  • give the go-ahead
  • give the green light
  • give the nod
  • go for
  • lap up
  • okay
  • recognize
  • rubber-stamp
  • set store by
  • sign
  • sign off on
  • take on
  • take one up on
  • thumbs up
  • undertake

accepting

verb . receive by agreeing, consenting
  • accede
  • acknowledge
  • acquiesce
  • admit
  • adopt
  • affirm
  • agree to
  • approve
  • assent
  • assume
  • avow
  • bear
  • buy
  • check out
  • comply
  • concur with
  • cooperate with
  • give stamp of approval
  • give the go-ahead
  • give the green light
  • give the nod
  • go for
  • lap up
  • okay
  • recognize
  • rubber-stamp
  • set store by
  • sign
  • sign off on
  • take on
  • take one up on
  • thumbs up
  • undertake

accommodate

verb . make, become suitable for something
  • accord
  • accustom
  • adapt
  • adjust
  • agree
  • attune
  • bend over backwards
  • comply
  • compose
  • conform
  • coordinate
  • correspond
  • don't make waves
  • don't rock the boat
  • fit
  • go by the book
  • go with the flow
  • harmonize
  • integrate
  • make consistent
  • modify
  • play the game
  • proportion
  • reconcile
  • settle
  • shape up
  • suit
  • tailor
  • tailor-make
  • tune

accommodated

verb . make, become suitable for something
  • accord
  • accustom
  • adapt
  • adjust
  • agree
  • attune
  • bend over backwards
  • comply
  • compose
  • conform
  • coordinate
  • correspond
  • don't make waves
  • don't rock the boat
  • fit
  • go by the book
  • go with the flow
  • harmonize
  • integrate
  • make consistent
  • modify
  • play the game
  • proportion
  • reconcile
  • settle
  • shape up
  • suit
  • tailor
  • tailor-make
  • tune

accommodates

verb . make, become suitable for something
  • accord
  • accustom
  • adapt
  • adjust
  • agree
  • attune
  • bend over backwards
  • comply
  • compose
  • conform
  • coordinate
  • correspond
  • don't make waves
  • don't rock the boat
  • fit
  • go by the book
  • go with the flow
  • harmonize
  • integrate
  • make consistent
  • modify
  • play the game
  • proportion
  • reconcile
  • settle
  • shape up
  • suit
  • tailor
  • tailor-make
  • tune
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Word Origin & History

early 14c., “to fulfill, carry out,” from Old French compli, past participle of complir “to accomplish, fulfill, carry out,” from Vulgar Latin *complire, from Latin complere “to fill up” (see complete (adj.)). Meaning influenced by ply (v.2). Sense of “to consent” began c.1600 and might have been a reintroduction from Italian, where complire had come to mean “satisfy by ‘filling up’ the forms of courtesy.”

Example Sentences for comply

There are twenty men who will be eager to comply with the wishes of their minister.

My heart fluttered as I rose to comply with the demand, and the chapel was hushed.

He scowled upon me with a natural hate, and refused to comply with my request.

We have agreed all to be moved, or none; and not to comply without one another.

I am sorry my case is so circumstanced, that I cannot comply.

I ask nothing of you but what is in your power to comply with, and what it is your duty to comply with.

Were I to comply, must I not leave my relations, and go to him?

Although I see not what end the proposed condition can answer, I comply with it.

After a very little deliberation, I resolved to comply with this condition.

But to my father I owe duty and obedience, if I could comply.

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comply

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Synonyms for comply

verb abide by, follow agreement or instructions

  • acquiesce
  • adhere to
  • give in
  • give up
  • obey
  • observe
  • quit
  • satisfy
  • submit
  • accede
  • accord
  • defer
  • discharge
  • ditto
  • fold
  • fulfill
  • keep
  • mind
  • perform
  • respect
  • yield
  • agree to
  • cave in
  • come around
  • conform to
  • consent to
  • cry uncle
  • don't make waves
  • don't rock the boat
  • fit in
  • give out
  • go along with
  • go with the flow
  • knuckle to
  • knuckle under
  • play ball
  • play the game
  • put out
  • roll over and play dead
  • shape up
  • stay in line
  • straighten up
  • throw in towel
  • toss it in
  • yes one

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Antonyms for comply

  • disobey
  • dissuade
  • condemn
  • deny
  • disallow
  • disapprove
  • fail
  • ignore
  • neglect
  • oppose
  • prevent
  • refuse
  • withhold
  • decline
  • rebuff
  • reject
  • resist
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Philip Lief Group.

More words related to comply

accede

verb . agree or consent
  • accept
  • acquiesce
  • admit
  • allow
  • assent
  • be game for
  • cave in
  • comply
  • concede
  • concur
  • cooperate
  • cry uncle
  • endorse
  • enter into
  • fold
  • give the go-ahead
  • give the green light
  • go along with
  • grant
  • let
  • okay
  • permit
  • play ball
  • roll over and play dead
  • subscribe
  • throw in the towel
  • yield

accept

verb . receive by agreeing, consenting
  • accede
  • acknowledge
  • acquiesce
  • admit
  • adopt
  • affirm
  • agree to
  • approve
  • assent
  • assume
  • avow
  • bear
  • buy
  • check out
  • comply
  • concur with
  • cooperate with
  • give stamp of approval
  • give the go-ahead
  • give the green light
  • give the nod
  • go for
  • lap up
  • okay
  • recognize
  • rubber-stamp
  • set store by
  • sign
  • sign off on
  • take on
  • take one up on
  • thumbs up
  • undertake

accepting

verb . receive by agreeing, consenting
  • accede
  • acknowledge
  • acquiesce
  • admit
  • adopt
  • affirm
  • agree to
  • approve
  • assent
  • assume
  • avow
  • bear
  • buy
  • check out
  • comply
  • concur with
  • cooperate with
  • give stamp of approval
  • give the go-ahead
  • give the green light
  • give the nod
  • go for
  • lap up
  • okay
  • recognize
  • rubber-stamp
  • set store by
  • sign
  • sign off on
  • take on
  • take one up on
  • thumbs up
  • undertake

accommodate

verb . make, become suitable for something
  • accord
  • accustom
  • adapt
  • adjust
  • agree
  • attune
  • bend over backwards
  • comply
  • compose
  • conform
  • coordinate
  • correspond
  • don't make waves
  • don't rock the boat
  • fit
  • go by the book
  • go with the flow
  • harmonize
  • integrate
  • make consistent
  • modify
  • play the game
  • proportion
  • reconcile
  • settle
  • shape up
  • suit
  • tailor
  • tailor-make
  • tune

accommodated

verb . make, become suitable for something
  • accord
  • accustom
  • adapt
  • adjust
  • agree
  • attune
  • bend over backwards
  • comply
  • compose
  • conform
  • coordinate
  • correspond
  • don't make waves
  • don't rock the boat
  • fit
  • go by the book
  • go with the flow
  • harmonize
  • integrate
  • make consistent
  • modify
  • play the game
  • proportion
  • reconcile
  • settle
  • shape up
  • suit
  • tailor
  • tailor-make
  • tune

accommodates

verb . make, become suitable for something
  • accord
  • accustom
  • adapt
  • adjust
  • agree
  • attune
  • bend over backwards
  • comply
  • compose
  • conform
  • coordinate
  • correspond
  • don't make waves
  • don't rock the boat
  • fit
  • go by the book
  • go with the flow
  • harmonize
  • integrate
  • make consistent
  • modify
  • play the game
  • proportion
  • reconcile
  • settle
  • shape up
  • suit
  • tailor
  • tailor-make
  • tune
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Word Origin & History

early 14c., “to fulfill, carry out,” from Old French compli, past participle of complir “to accomplish, fulfill, carry out,” from Vulgar Latin *complire, from Latin complere “to fill up” (see complete (adj.)). Meaning influenced by ply (v.2). Sense of “to consent” began c.1600 and might have been a reintroduction from Italian, where complire had come to mean “satisfy by ‘filling up’ the forms of courtesy.”

Example Sentences for comply

There are twenty men who will be eager to comply with the wishes of their minister.

My heart fluttered as I rose to comply with the demand, and the chapel was hushed.

He scowled upon me with a natural hate, and refused to comply with my request.

We have agreed all to be moved, or none; and not to comply without one another.

I am sorry my case is so circumstanced, that I cannot comply.

I ask nothing of you but what is in your power to comply with, and what it is your duty to comply with.

Were I to comply, must I not leave my relations, and go to him?

Although I see not what end the proposed condition can answer, I comply with it.

After a very little deliberation, I resolved to comply with this condition.

But to my father I owe duty and obedience, if I could comply.

.