Definition of cleave
- They kept themselves strictly separate, each cleaving to their own language, rituals, and food.
- Notice was served on the Democratic party that it must cleave to the Jackson line if it wanted the labor vote.
- —Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
- The film's script has the same lack of pretension, cleaving to the teen movie formula with its high school cliques, clowns and bullies …
- —Sandra Hall