intr.v. com·plied, com·ply·ing, com·plies
1. To act in accordance with another's command, request, rule, or wish: The patient complied with the physician's orders.
2. Obsolete To be courteous or obedient.
[Middle English complien, to carry out, fulfill, from Old French complir, from Latin complēre; see COMPLETE.]
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