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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

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>.
ADHERES Defined for Kids

adhere

verb ad·here \ad-ˈhir\
ad·heredad·her·ing

Definition of ADHERE for Kids

1
:  to stick tight :  cling <The stamps adhered to the envelope.>
2
:  to act in the way that is required by <adhere to the rules>
Medical Dictionary

adhere

verb ad·here \ad-ˈhi(ə)r, əd-\
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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