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verb [intransitive/transitive] obey pronunciation in British English /əˈbeɪ/
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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 called the dog off and it immediately obeyed.
    Officers expect their troops to obey them without question.
    obey an order/command/instruction: The soldiers 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.
  3. 3
    informal to do what is expected or is usual
    My hair’s still sticking up – I just can’t get it to obey me.

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