1 [+persona, norma] to obey
obedecer a algn to obey sb; do as sb says
obedecer a algo to be due to sth; los síntomas obedecen a una reacción alérgica the symptoms are due to an allergic reaction; su viaje obedece a dos motivos there are two reasons for his journey; his journey is due to two reasons; obedecer al hecho de que ... to be due to ...; arise from ...
3 [+mecanismo] to respond
el volante no me obedecía the steering wheel did not respond