adhere

verb ad·here \ ad-ˈhir , əd- \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of adhere

adhered; adhering
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
4 obsolete : accord intransitive 1
transitive verb
: 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

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Origin and Etymology of 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

adhere Synonyms

Synonyms
stick, cleave, cling, hew
Related Words
bind, cohere, fasten, fuse, glue, unite
Near Antonyms
loosen; drop, fall

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

verb

Definition of adhere for English Language Learners

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


ADHERE Defined for Kids

adhere

verb ad·here \ ad-ˈhir \

Definition of adhere for Students

adhered; adhering
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

Medical Dictionary

adhere

verb ad·here \ ad-ˈhi(ə)r, əd- \

medical Definition of adhere

adhered; adhering
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

adherence

play \-ˈhir-ən(t)s\ noun


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