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verb [intransitive/transitive] obey pronunciation in American English /oʊˈbeɪ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyobey
he/she/itobeys
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. 2
    to behave in an expected way in relation to something
    Molecules obey the laws of physics.

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