Definition of comply in English:


Line breaks: com¦ply
Pronunciation: /kəmˈplʌɪ

verb (complies, complying, complied)

[no object] (often comply with)


late 16th century: from Italian complire, Catalan complir, Spanish cumplir, from Latin complere 'fill up, fulfil' (see complete). The original sense was 'fulfil, accomplish', later 'fulfil the requirements of courtesy', hence 'to be agreeable, to oblige or obey'. Compare with compliment.

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