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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COMPLIES

We can, in fact, only retain him as we do the buffalo, so long as he complies with the statutes.

For it cannot be that anything should please that offends nature, or anything displease that complies with natural inclinations.

You must be perfectly blind not to see that he complies with every possible requisite!

His brothers also feel it, for they ask their uncle to go, and he complies.

Sir Launfal complies with the invitation, and they proceed to where the pavilion lies.

So when I ask for hymn-tunes, he smiles soberly and complies.

With this request she complies, and the wedding is celebrated.

He that complies against his will Is of his own opinion still.

If there be two chambers, it is in one of the two; the other complies or is dissolved.

The man is to be committed to jail until he complies with the order of the court, or gives security for the payment of the sum.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "to fulfill, carry out," from Old French compli, past participle of complir "to accomplish, fulfill, carry out," from Vulgar Latin *complire, from Latin complere "to fill up" (see complete (adj.)). Meaning influenced by ply (v.2). Sense of "to consent" began c.1600 and might have been a reintroduction from Italian, where complire had come to mean "satisfy by 'filling up' the forms of courtesy."

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.