v. o·beyed, o·bey·ing, o·beys
1. To carry out or fulfill the command, order, or instruction of.
2. To carry out or comply with (a command, for example).
To behave obediently.
[Middle English obeien, from Old French obeir, from Latin oboedīre, to listen to : ob-, to; see OB- + audīre, to hear; see au- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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