adhere

verb
ad·​here | \ ad-ˈhir How to pronounce adhere (audio) , əd- \
adhered; adhering

Definition of adhere

intransitive verb

1 : to hold fast or stick by or as if by gluing, suction, grasping, or fusing The stamp failed to adhere to the envelope.
2 : to give support or maintain loyalty adhere to traditional values
3 : to bind oneself to observance adhere to the rules

transitive verb

: to cause to stick fast The paper had been adhered to the wall.

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Synonyms for adhere

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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

Examples of adhere in a Sentence

The stamp failed to adhere. everyone started calling her “Cookie” when she was little and the name adhered
Recent Examples on the Web The caucus allegedly aimed to carry on former President Donald Trump's agenda, adhere to an Anglo-Saxon history in government and architecture and require immigrants to be able to contribute economically. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, 21 July 2021 India's Muslim scholars have been urging people to exercise restraint and adhere to health protocols. BostonGlobe.com, 21 July 2021 That means what happens next is highly uncertain, and will depend in part on how closely Britons voluntarily adhere to public-health precautions and limit their contact with others. Jason Douglas, WSJ, 21 July 2021 India's Muslim scholars have been urging people to exercise restraint and adhere to health protocols. Mariam Fam, ajc, 20 July 2021 India’s Muslim scholars have been urging people to exercise restraint and adhere to health protocols. Mariam Fam And Amr Nabil, chicagotribune.com, 20 July 2021 The videos usually run about 20 or 30 minutes or so, and generally adhere to a template. Christopher Bonanos, Curbed, 17 July 2021 For example, at a time when most Americans felt that spelling and grammar should adhere to British usage rules, famed lexicographer Noah Webster aspired to popularize a standardized form of American English. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 July 2021 The 2021 ESPY Awards, hosted by Anthony Mackie, air on ABC at 8 p.m. EST on July 10, and are expected to follow COVID-19 safety protocols and adhere to CDC guidelines. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, 10 July 2021

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First Known Use of adhere

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

History and Etymology for adhere

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French adhérer, going back to Old French ahérer, borrowed from Latin adhaerēre "to cling, stick (to), attach oneself, keep close (to a person)," from ad- ad- + haerēre "to be closely attached, stick" — more at hesitate

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28 Jul 2021

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“Adhere.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adhere. Accessed 6 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for adhere

adhere

verb

English Language Learners Definition of adhere

: to stick to something : to attach firmly to something

adhere

verb
ad·​here | \ ad-ˈhir How to pronounce adhere (audio) \
adhered; adhering

Kids Definition of adhere

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

adhere

verb
ad·​here | \ ad-ˈhi(ə)r, əd- How to pronounce adhere (audio) \
adhered; adhering

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

Other Words from adhere

adherence \ -​ˈhir-​ən(t)s How to pronounce adhere (audio) \ noun

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