Pronunciation: (ō-bā'),[key] —v.t. 1. to comply with or follow the commands, restrictions, wishes, or instructions of: to obey one's parents. 2. to comply with or follow (a command, restriction, wish, instruction, etc.).
3. (of things) to respond conformably in action to: The car obeyed the slightest touch of the steering wheel. 4. to submit or conform in action to (some guiding principle, impulse, one's conscience, etc.).