cleave to

Definition of cleave to

formal + literary

  1. 1 :  to stay very close to (someone) children cleaving to their families

  2. 2 :  to stick closely to (something) —usually used figuratively He continued to cleave to the beliefs of his childhood.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to adhere firmly and closely or loyally and unwaveringly

  1. :  to divide by or as if by a cutting blow :  split

    :  to separate into distinct parts and especially into groups having divergent views

    :  to subject to chemical cleavage

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