[ ad-heer ]
/ ædˈhɪər /
verb (used without object), ad·hered, ad·her·ing.
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.
verb (used with object), ad·hered, ad·her·ing.
to cause to adhere; make stick: Glue will adhere the tiles to the wallboard.
Origin of adhere
1590–1600; < Medieval Latin adhērēre for Latin adhaerēre (ad- ad- + haerēre to stick, cling), perhaps via Middle French adhérer
ad·her·a·ble, adjectivead·her·er, nounnon·ad·her·ing, adjectivepre·ad·here, verb (used without object), pre·ad·hered, pre·ad·her·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for adherable
/ (ədˈhɪə) /
(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
Derived Formsadherence, noun
Word Origin for adhere
C16: via Medieval Latin adhērēre from Latin adhaerēre to stick to
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