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

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The rationale for the practice is as simple as the smartphone technology that enables it: having a recording improves patients’ understanding and recall of their doctor visits and helps them adhere to treatment regimens. Casey Ross, STAT, "More patients are taking home recordings of their doctor visits. But who else could listen?," 18 May 2018 Supporters said Vitter and Oldham were merely adhering to judicial ethics and would be bound to uphold Supreme Court precedents. Drew Broach, NOLA.com, "Vote on Wendy Vitter's federal judgeship delayed amid partisan bickering," 18 May 2018 The air carries pollen, which adheres to the slide. Maureen Langley, Post-Tribune, "Experts: Indiana's allergy season worse than usual this year," 3 July 2018 While still adhering to the preservation rules in their agreement, the couple are already making the mansion their own. Stephanie Farr, Philly.com, "Couple's historic Philly home came with an unusual caveat: Annual battle reenactments | We the People," 23 May 2018 While adhering closely to traditional dishes, the couple added catchy names to some of them. Roger Showley, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Curry Up Now chain bringing Indian fare to San Diego," 27 Apr. 2018 All personnel are expected to be dressed and groomed in a manner that projects a professional and businesslike image while adhering to company and industry standards and/or guidelines. . . . Ivana Hrynkiw, AL.com, "Woman with dreadlocks says Mobile company wouldn't hire her, appeals to Supreme Court," 23 Apr. 2018 Lee Steinhauer, government affairs director for the Greater Orlando Builders Association, said the state has recently moved toward prioritizing Florida-specific regulations while still adhering to internationally recognized standards. Mary Shanklin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida building codes thwarted hurricane damage, report shows," 20 Mar. 2018 Damrell should bring an Eastern Kentucky swagger to the band, while adhering to the gritty soul and blues roots that were established with Stapleton at the helm a decade ago. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "7 buzzworthy concerts coming to Charlotte in the next week | Charlotte Observer," 21 Feb. 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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