adhere

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verb ad·here \ad-ˈhir, əd-\

Definition of adhere

adhered

;

adhering

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to hold fast or stick by or as if by gluing, suction, grasping, or fusing The stamp failed to adhere to the envelope.

  3. 2 :  to give support or maintain loyalty adhere to traditional values

  4. 3 :  to bind oneself to observance adhere to the rules

  5. 4 obsolete :  accord intransitive intransitive 1

  6. transitive verb
  7. :  to cause to stick fast The paper had been adhered to the wall.

Examples of adhere in a sentence

  1. The stamp failed to adhere.

  2. 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

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.


ADHERE Defined for English Language Learners

adhere

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verb ad·here \ad-ˈhir, əd-\

Definition of adhere for English Language Learners

  • : to stick to something : to attach firmly to something


ADHERE Defined for Kids

adhere

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verb ad·here \ad-ˈhir\

Definition of adhere for Students

adhered

;

adhering

  1. 1 :  to stick tight :  cling The stamps adhered to the envelope.

  2. 2 :  to act in the way that is required by adhere to the rules


Medical Dictionary

adhere

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verb ad·here \ad-ˈhi(ə)r, əd-\

Medical Definition of adhere

adhered

;

adhering

  1. 1

  2. intransitive verb

  3. :  to hold fast or stick by or as if by gluing, suction, grasping, or fusing a gauze bandage adhering to the wound

  4. 2:  to become joined (as in pathological adhesion) the lung sometimes adheres to the pleura

  5. transitive verb

  6. :  to cause to stick fast

adherence

\-ˈhir-ən(t)s\play noun


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