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
Origin and Etymology of adhere
Medieval French or Latin; Medieval 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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