- to stay attached; stick fast; cleave; cling (usually followed by to): The mud adhered to his shoes.
- Physics. (of two or more dissimilar substances) to be united by a molecular force acting in the area of contact.
- to be devoted in support or allegiance; be attached as a follower or upholder (usually followed by to): to adhere to a party.
- to hold closely or firmly (usually followed by to): to adhere to a plan.
- Obsolete. to be consistent.
- to cause to adhere; make stick: Glue will adhere the tiles to the wallboard.
Origin of adhere
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Examples from the Web for adhere
Saudi Arabia should adhere to the international treaties concerning freedom of speech.Wife of Jailed Saudi Blogger: My Husband Is a Victim of the Thought Police
Ensaf Haidar, Advancing Human Rights
October 20, 2014
Michelle: With everything we do in this show we really try to adhere to what would be psychologically true with Alicia.‘The Good Wife’ Creators on the Premiere’s Big Cary Twist, Will’s Death, and More
September 22, 2014
Any distiller who cannot adhere to them may not label its whiskey as such.Hillbilly Heaven: The History of Small-Batch Bourbon
March 29, 2014
“Our movement will adhere to a policy of tolerance unto national questions,” Yarosh declared to Din El.Can Ukraine Control Its Far Right Ultranationalists?
March 1, 2014
People returning home from prison struggle to reconnect with their families, find work and adhere to burdensome parole conditions.Are Prisons Bleeding Us Dry?
Sheila A. Bedi
December 1, 2013
After much exercitation the Germans determined to adhere to the offensive.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
Mdango was informed that we should adhere to our original purpose.Freeland
Put the saucepan in a bain-marie, and stir so that the eggs may not adhere.The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste:
Mrs. W. G. Waters
If it be not done very lightly, the dirt will adhere to the paper; but if properly attended to, the paper will look fresh and new.
Awashonks was very evidently inclined to adhere to the English.King Philip</p>
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
- (usually foll by to) to stick or hold fast
- (foll by to) to be devoted (to a political party, cause, religion, etc); be a follower (of)
- (foll by to) to follow closely or exactlyadhere to the rules
Word Origin and History for adhere
1590s, from Middle French adhérer (15c.) or directly from Latin adhaerare "to stick to" (see adherent). Originally often of persons, "to cleave to a leader, cause, party, etc." (cf. adherent, still often used in this sense). Related: Adhered; adhering.