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.
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            Children, obey your parents in the Lord. --Eph. vi.
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            Was she the God, that her thou didst obey? --Milton.
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   2. To submit to the authority of; to be ruled by.
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            My will obeyed his will.              --Chaucer.
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            Afric and India shall his power obey. --Dryden.
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   3. To yield to the impulse, power, or operation of; as, a
      ship obeys her helm.
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