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adhere

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verb ad·here \ad-ˈhir, əd-\

Simple Definition of adhere

  • : to stick to something : to attach firmly to something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of adhere

adhered

adhering

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give support or maintain loyalty

  3. 2 obsolete :  accord 3

  4. 3 :  to hold fast or stick by or as if by gluing, suction, grasping, or fusing

  5. 4 :  to bind oneself to observance <adhere to the rules>

  6. transitive verb
  7. :  to cause to stick fast

Examples of adhere in a sentence

  1. The stamp failed to adhere.

  2. <everyone started calling her Cookie when she was little and the name adhered>



Origin and Etymology of adhere

Middle French or Latin; Middle French adhérer, from Latin adhaerēre, from ad- + haerēre to stick


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of adhere

stick, adhere, cohere, cling, cleave mean to become closely attached. stick implies attachment by affixing or by being glued together <couldn't get the label to stick>. adhere is often interchangeable with stick but sometimes implies a growing together <antibodies adhering to a virus>. cohere suggests a sticking together of parts so that they form a unified mass <eggs will make the mixture cohere>. cling implies attachment by hanging on with arms or tendrils <clinging to a capsized boat>. cleave stresses strength of attachment <the wet shirt cleaved to his back>.


ADHERE Defined for Kids

adhere

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verb ad·here \ad-ˈhir\

Definition of adhere for Students

adhered

adhering

  1. 1 :  to stick tight :  cling <The stamps adhered to the envelope.>

  2. 2 :  to act in the way that is required by <adhere to the rules>




Medical Dictionary

adhere

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verb ad·here \ad-ˈhi(ə)r, əd-\

Medical Definition of adhere

adhered

;

adhering

  1. 1

  2. intransitive verb

  3. :  to hold fast or stick by or as if by gluing, suction, grasping, or fusing <a gauze bandage adhering to the wound>

  4. 2:  to become joined (as in pathological adhesion) <the lung sometimes adheres to the pleura>

  5. transitive verb

  6. :  to cause to stick fast

adherence

\-ˈhir-ən(t)s\play noun




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