One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘I was so frightened that I obeyed him without question’
do what someone says, accept orders from, take orders from, carry follow the orders of, carry out the orders of, be dutiful to, heed
submit to, defer to, be ruled by, bow to, give in to, give way to, yield to, surrender to, truckle to
2‘the officer was convicted for refusing to obey an order’
carry out, perform, act on, execute, discharge, put into effect, implement, fulfil, meet
3‘health and safety regulations have to be obeyed’
comply with, adhere to, observe, abide by, act in accordance with, conform to, respect, acquiesce in, consent to, agree to, follow, accept, keep to, stick to
play it by the book, toe the line
disobey, defy, contravene
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