Thesaurus

adhere

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of adhere

  1. to hold to something firmly as if by adhesion everyone started calling her “Cookie” when she was little and the name adhered Synonyms of adhere stick, cleave, cling, hewWords Related to adhere bind, cohere, fasten, fuse, glue, uniteNear Antonyms of adhere 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


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up adhere? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!