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adhere

verb ad·here \ad-ˈhir, əd-\

: to stick to something : to attach firmly to something

ad·heredad·her·ing

Full Definition of ADHERE

intransitive verb
1
:  to give support or maintain loyalty
2
obsolete :  accord 3
3
:  to hold fast or stick by or as if by gluing, suction, grasping, or fusing
4
:  to bind oneself to observance <adhere to the rules>
transitive verb
:  to cause to stick fast

Examples of ADHERE

  1. The stamp failed to adhere.
  2. <everyone started calling her Cookie when she was little and the name adhered>

Origin of ADHERE

Middle French or Latin; Middle French adhérer, from Latin adhaerēre, from ad- + haerēre to stick
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to ADHERE

Synonyms
stick, cleave, cling, hew
See Synonym Discussion at stick

adhere

verb ad·here \ad-ˈhi(ə)r, əd-\   (Medical Dictionary)
ad·heredad·her·ing

Medical Definition of ADHERE

intransitive verb
1
:  to hold fast or stick by or as if by gluing, suction, grasping, or fusing <a gauze bandage adhering to the wound>
2
:  to become joined (as in pathological adhesion) <the lung sometimes adheres to the pleura>
transitive verb
:  to cause to stick fast
ad·her·ence \-ˈhir-ən(t)s\ noun

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