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cleaves

verb
present tense third-person singular of cleave

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to hold to something firmly as if by adhesion
  • you should resolutely cleave to the facts in your report

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“Cleaves.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/cleaves. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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