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verb (used without object), ad·hered, ad·her·ing.
  1. to stay attached; stick fast; cleave; cling (usually followed by to): The mud adhered to his shoes.
  2. Physics. (of two or more dissimilar substances) to be united by a molecular force acting in the area of contact.
  3. to be devoted in support or allegiance; be attached as a follower or upholder (usually followed by to): to adhere to a party.
  4. to hold closely or firmly (usually followed by to): to adhere to a plan.
  5. Obsolete. to be consistent.
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verb (used with object), ad·hered, ad·her·ing.
  1. to cause to adhere; make stick: Glue will adhere the tiles to the wallboard.
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Origin of adhere

1590–1600; < Medieval Latin adhērēre for Latin adhaerēre (ad- ad- + haerēre to stick, cling), perhaps via Middle French adhérer
Related formsad·her·a·ble, adjectivead·her·er, nounnon·ad·her·ing, adjectivepre·ad·here, verb (used without object), pre·ad·hered, pre·ad·her·ing.un·ad·her·ing, adjective

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1. See stick2.

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Related Words for adhere

heed, observe, obey, comply, attach, unite, fasten, support, practice, mind, keep, maintain, fulfill, follow, respect, cleave, fix, cement, cohere, glue

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verb (intr)
  1. (usually foll by to) to stick or hold fast
  2. (foll by to) to be devoted (to a political party, cause, religion, etc); be a follower (of)
  3. (foll by to) to follow closely or exactlyadhere to the rules
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Derived Formsadherence, noun

Word Origin for adhere

C16: via Medieval Latin adhērēre from Latin adhaerēre to stick to


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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.

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