adhere

verb

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

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
4

transitive verb

: to cause to stick fast
The paper had been adhered to the wall.
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of adhere in a Sentence

The stamp failed to adhere. everyone started calling her “Cookie” when she was little and the name adhered
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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of adhere was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Adhere.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adhere. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

adhere

verb
ad·​here ad-ˈhi(ə)r How to pronounce adhere (audio)
əd-
adhered; adhering
1
: to stay loyal (as to a cause or promise)
2
: to stick by or as if by gluing, suction, grasping, or melting
3
: to agree to observe
adhere to the rules

Medical Definition

adhere

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

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
adherence noun

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