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

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

Recent Examples on the Web

China adopts a military strategy of active defense which adheres to the principle of defense, self-defense, and post-strike response. Jim Gomez, BostonGlobe.com, "Philippine defense chief hits China for South China Sea acts," 30 July 2019 Aiming for the national championship is an annual ritual for the Irish, who steadfastly adhere to their independent status in football. John Fineran, chicagotribune.com, "Notre Dame opens camp Sunday looking to take the next step after last season’s playoff loss," 30 July 2019 The companies also want to avoid a split market -- with federal mileage requirements in most states and more stringent rules in more than a dozen states that adhere to California’s standards. Ryan Beene, Fortune, "4 Major Automakers Rebuke Trump Proposal With Emission Compromise. EPA Calls It ‘PR Stunt’," 25 July 2019 Squire says most of the spending is on larger events that all lawmakers can attend, which adheres to the cap rule. USA TODAY, "Titanic auction, Legos, mighty Mississippi: News from around our 50 states," 22 July 2019 The debate was revelatory, as debates tend to be, and among the things this one revealed was a Kamala Harris who adhered to the comfortable belief that Americans understand the tough lives of politicians, and that all’s fair in these contests. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "Kamala Harris’s Debate Victory Proves Pyrrhic," 10 July 2019 For example, in a material that adheres to axion electrodynamics, time and parity symmetry are each broken, but the combination of the two is not. Quanta Magazine, "‘Quantum Atmospheres’ May Reveal Secrets of Matter," 25 Sep. 2018 The cleaner the bricks the better the paint will adhere to the surface, and the longer your fireplace will stay peel- and chip-free. Madeleine Bokan, House Beautiful, "The Foolproof Way To Paint Your Brick Fireplace," 2 July 2019 The University will adhere to its constitutional responsibilities as a state agency. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al.com, "New law says colleges must stay neutral on offensive speakers," 14 June 2019

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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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More Definitions for adhere

adhere

verb

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 adherence (audio) \ noun

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