adhere

verb
ad·​here | \ ad-ˈhir How to pronounce adhere (audio) , 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

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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 Hawley cited unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and accused the state of Pennsylvania of failing to adhere to its election laws by extending the deadline for mail-in ballots, an argument that has repeatedly been rejected by federal courts. al, "Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley will fight Biden’s Electoral College victory," 30 Dec. 2020 Strictly adhere to the school district’s social distancing and infection mitigation strategies. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Richardson ISD revises quarantine policies for students and teachers exposed to COVID-19," 22 Dec. 2020 This will roughen up the paneling’s glossy surface, so the primer will adhere better. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Successfully Paint Any Wall in Your House," 18 Dec. 2020 But some auto companies agreed with California to adhere to more stringent limits, prompting a legal fight with the federal government. Washington Post, "Biden to name Pete Buttigieg as transportation secretary," 15 Dec. 2020 The Lions already adhere to strict testing protocols under NFL guidelines, which require players to undergo daily COVID-19 testing on nongame days. Chris Thomas, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's latest COVID-19 emergency order means Detroit Lions won't have fans on Thanksgiving," 15 Nov. 2020 These cells adhere to the walls of the veins and arteries, instead of being swept into the spleen, to be destroyed. Donald G. Mcneil Jr., Star Tribune, "A malaria mystery, partly solved: What happens when the rains end?," 14 Nov. 2020 The vehicles adhere to a clean cab initiative with outside storage on the vehicle for the firefighters' turnout gear, axes and helmets. John Benson, cleveland, "Parma Fire Department unveils brand-new fire trucks: Photos," 11 Nov. 2020 Failing to adhere to the prime directive that the president is never wrong. Ben Santer, Scientific American, "An Open Letter to Joe Biden," 7 Nov. 2020

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

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Last Updated

17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Adhere.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adhere. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for adhere

adhere

verb
How to pronounce adhere (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of adhere

: to stick to something : to attach firmly to something

adhere

verb
ad·​here | \ ad-ˈhir How to pronounce adhere (audio) \
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- How to pronounce adhere (audio) \
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 How to pronounce adhere (audio) \ noun

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