Webster’s Dictionary of the English Language, 1828
COMPLY , verb intransitive
1. To comply with, to fulfill; to perfect or carry into effect; to complete; to perform or execute; as, to comply with a promise, with an award, with a command, with an order. So to comply with ones expectations or wishes, is to fulfill them, or complete them.
2. To yield to; to be obsequious; to accord; to suit; followed by with; as, to comply with a man’s
The truth of things will not comply with or conceits.
The Century Dictionary, an Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language, 1895COMPLIANCE, noun
1. The act of complying; a yielding, as to a request, wish, desire, demand or proposal; concession; submission.
Let the king meet compliance in your looks,
A free and ready yielding to his wishes.
2. A disposition to yield to others.
He was man of few words and great compliance
3. Obedience; followed by with; as compliance with a command, or precept.
4. Performance; execution; as a compliance with the conditions of a contract.
compliance (kom-pli ' ans),
1. The act of "complying; a >yielding or consenting, as to a request, desire, demand, or proposal; concession; submission.
2. A disposition to yield to others ; complaisance.
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English, 1919comply (kom-pli'), v
1. To fulfil; perform or execute.
2. To caress; embrace; encircle.
1. To act in accordance with another's will or desire ; yield in agreement or compliance : as, to comply with a command or request.
2. To accommodate itself; accord fit, conform: said of things. [Rare.]
3. To be courteous, complaisant, or conciliatory.
Action in accordance with request, command, &c; in c. with, according to (wish &c) ; base submission, [comply, -ance]
Ballentine’s Law Dictionary, James A. Ballentine, Third Edition, 1969comply, v.
Act in accordance (with wish, command, &c, or abs.).
Black’s Law Dictionary, 4th Edition, 1968comply.
To perfect or carry into effect: to complete: to perform or execute in accord with a previous contract or arrangement. Cleland v Waters. 16 Ga 496. 503.
Black’s Law Dictionary, 5th and 6th Editions, 1979, 1991COMPLY.
To yield, to accommodate, or to adapt oneself to, to act in accordance with. Dragwa v. Federal Labor Union No. 23070, 41 A.2d 32, 36, 136 N.J.Eq. 172.
To yield; to accommodate, or to adapt oneself to; to act in accordance with; to accept.
Submission; obedience; conformance.
Quote from Michael Badnarik:
Jonathan Mayhew in a sermon titled "Unlimited Submission""How bad do things have to get before you do something? Do they have to take away all your property? Do they have to license every activity that you want to engage in? Do they have to start throwing you on cattle cars before you say “now wait a minute, I don’t think this is a good idea.” How long is it going to be before you finally resist and say “No, I will not comply. Period!” Ask yourself now because sooner or later you are going to come to that line, and when they cross it, you’re going to say well now cross this line; ok now cross that line; ok now cross this line. Pretty soon you’re in a corner. Sooner or later you’ve got to stand your ground whether anybody else does or not. That is what liberty is all about."
You can search over 26,000 legal uses of the term "comply" here:"We may very safely assert these two things in general, without undermining government: One is, that no civil rulers are to be obeyed when they enjoin things that are inconsistent with the commands of God. All such disobedience is lawful and glorious; particularly if persons refuse to comply with any legal establishment of religion. Another thing that may be asserted with equal truth and safety is, that no government is to be submitted to at the expense of that which is the sole end of all government–the common good and safety of society."
Also compare to agreement, acquiesce and consent