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verb [intransitive/transitive]     obey pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleobeying
past tenseobeyed
past participleobeyed
  1. 1
    to do what a law or a person says that you must do

    He told the dog to sit and it immediately obeyed.

    Officers expect their troops to obey them without question.

    obey an order/command/instruction:

    The commandos were used to obeying orders.

    obey the law/rules:

    Drivers are not obeying the new traffic laws.

  2. 3
    informal to do what is expected or is usual


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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