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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Obey \O*bey"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Obeyed; p. pr. & vb. n. Obeying.] [OE. obeyen, F. ob['e]ir, fr. L. obedire, oboedire; ob (see Ob-) + audire to hear. See Audible, and cf. Obeisance.] 1. To give ear to; to execute the commands of; to yield submission to; to comply with the orders of. [1913 Webster] Children, obey your parents in the Lord. --Eph. vi. 1. [1913 Webster] Was she the God, that her thou didst obey? --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To submit to the authority of; to be ruled by. [1913 Webster] My will obeyed his will. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Afric and India shall his power obey. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. To yield to the impulse, power, or operation of; as, a ship obeys her helm. [1913 Webster]