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

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR OBEYS

The moment he obeys the rein and drops into a walk, the hand is to be relaxed.

And as one obeys it, there is the joy of obedience, quite apart from the joy of success.

Everything on which his eye rests, obeys the impulses of moral nature.

He has my orders, and my servants have orders to see that he obeys them.

And should you say that any one obeys the laws without knowing what the laws ordain?

He lays down the empty pipe he has been twirling in his fingers, and obeys her.

She beckons him to come a little nearer to her, and silently he obeys the gesture.

He obeys, and the result is the capture of a fish which brings him in wealth.

He has troops of his own, an army which obeys no orders but his.

Prejudice obeyed as it ever obeys in that vast land of untrameled freedom.

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., from Old French obeir "obey, be obedient, do one's duty" (12c.), from Latin obedire, oboedire "obey, be subject, serve; pay attention to, give ear," literally "listen to," from ob "to" (see ob-) + audire "listen, hear" (see audience). Same sense development is in cognate Old English hiersumnian. Related: Obeyed; obeying.

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