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verb [intransitive/transitive] obey pronunciation in American English /oʊˈbeɪ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleobeying
past tenseobeyed
past participleobeyed
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    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.


a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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