adhere

verb
ad·​here | \ad-ˈhir, 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

Synonyms

cleave, cling, hew, stick

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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 cartel discussed adhering to official targets set in 2016 but cutting back on overproduction of about 1 million barrels a day. Christopher Alessi, WSJ, "Oil Rebounds After Sharp Selloff," 26 Nov. 2018 While the original Cary dress worn by the model features much more extreme thigh-high slits, Meghan’s own piece has clearly been adjusted to knee heigh—probably to adhere to royal protocol and expectations, and to avoid any annoying eyebrow-raises. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "How Meghan Markle Altered Her Veronica Beard Shirt Dress so it Would Adhere to Royal Protocol," 26 Oct. 2018 Cut 2 triangles from black fondant for ears and adhere to head using a little leftover ganache. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Halloween Cat Cake," 2 Oct. 2018 This is the policy most often followed, though some countries adhere to the alternative concept of jus soli, or right of soil, which confers citizenship on a child according to the location in which they are born. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "What Happens to Babies Born on Planes," 26 Oct. 2018 The friends, led by T.J., try to enjoy their time during recess while adhering to the rules of King Bob and others who rank above them in the school’s hierarchy. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "25 Amazing Disney Channel Shows That You Need to Binge ASAP," 8 Aug. 2018 In many ways, fans operate and are defined by their unwillingness to adhere to the norms of capitalism. Nancy Baym, WIRED, "Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet," 10 July 2018 According to Manfred, Mejia expresed regret and vowed to adhere to the policy in the future. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Dusty Baker’s long gone as Nationals, Bryce Harper struggle," 7 July 2018 Since water can't adhere to any of it and the gaps between chains are so small, the surface tension of water droplets will keep them from ever penetrating the mesh. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "The Internet-demanded, partially scientific testing of Ultra-Ever Dry (in HD!)," 4 July 2018

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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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adhere

verb

English Language Learners Definition of adhere

: to stick to something : to attach firmly to something

adhere

verb
ad·​here | \ad-ˈhir \
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- \
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 \ noun

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