Definition of adhere
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
4 obsolete : accord intransitive intransitive 1
: to cause to stick fast The paper had been adhered to the wall.
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 of adhere from the Web
As part of the motion, the board moved to have the county’s civilian oversight commission oversee the Sheriff's Department’s interactions with immigrants and make sure the department is adhering to its own immigrant-friendly policies.
Looking to sell products by tapping into the liberated tomboy image, advertisers portrayed girls and young women who adhered closely to the tomboy stereotype.
Since recognizing the People’s Republic of China in 1979, the U.S. has adhered to the one-China policy, recognizing Beijing as the capital of China and maintaining only unofficial relations with Taiwan.
Federal officials say once the count is complete, the Environmental Protection Agency will determine if MR was adhering to the bird hazing program appropriately.
The Bush and Clinton administrations adhered to a U.N.-imposed arms embargo that disarmed only Milosevic’s target populations in Croatia and Bosnia.
My advice: choose the most restrictive requirements and adhere to those.
That deal set spending until the end of October of this year, at levels that the president adhered to and Senate Republicans hope to make stick.
But my life grew in ways that did not adhere to slogans.
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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
ADHERE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of adhere for English Language Learners
: to stick to something : to attach firmly to something
ADHERE Defined for Kids
Medical Definition of adhere
intransitive verb: 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
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