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 Once accepted, members must adhere to a rigid code of silence—no exposing other people’s profiles and no screenshotting within the app. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 15 Oct. 2021 The conservative groups adhere to a doctrine demanding that followers avoid medicines and medical care and instead seek healing through their faith. Farai Mutsaka, ajc, 13 Oct. 2021 Recognised for an upbeat, playful and optimistic approach to fashion, the label doesn't adhere to conventions, dancing to its own beat, and embracing individuality. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 The event will adhere to COVID-19 safety precautions for attendees; Community HealthNet Health Centers and Community Advocates of Northern Indiana will also be on-site administering COVID-19 vaccinations. Michelle L. Quinn, chicagotribune.com, 7 Oct. 2021 Gov Ball’s health and safety policy aligns with its presenter Live Nation‘s mandate, which requires not just attendees, but artists and crew, as well as its employees to adhere to the protocols. Sage Anderson, Rolling Stone, 23 Sep. 2021 In order to protect the health of staff, visitors, and community, all visitors must wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines when moving to and from the property entrance to their lawn space. courant.com, 22 Sep. 2021 Just over a third of employers reported requiring workers to wear masks and adhere to social distancing while on-site. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 9 Sep. 2021 Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that those who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks indoors and adhere to social distancing. Glenn Howatt, Star Tribune, 14 May 2021

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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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20 Oct 2021

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“Adhere.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adhere. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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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 adhere (audio) \ noun

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