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[ ad-heer ]

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.

    Antonyms: loosen, part

  2. Physics, Chemistry. (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.

verb (used with object)

, ad·hered, ad·her·ing.
  1. to cause to adhere; make stick:

    Glue will adhere the tiles to the wallboard.


/ ədˈhɪə /


  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 exactly

    adhere to the rules

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Derived Forms

  • adˈherence, noun
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Other Words From

  • ad·her·a·ble adjective
  • ad·her·er noun
  • pre·ad·here verb (used without object) preadhered preadhering
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Word History and Origins

Origin of adhere1

First recorded in 1590–1600; from Medieval Latin adhērēre for Latin adhaerēre ( ad- ad- + haerēre “to stick, cling”), perhaps via Middle French adhérer
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Word History and Origins

Origin of adhere1

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

See stick 2.
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Example Sentences

Growers have to adhere to strict oversight, including submitting paperwork each time a plant moves throughout facilities — and its lifecycle.

Water molecules like to adhere to one another, so without any present in the ground to help the flow, they tend to stay on top of the soil.

By way of summary, Apple's new guidelines say that any streaming game apps simply have to "adhere to all guidelines" for non-streaming apps.

China joins the World Trade Organization, agreeing to adhere to multilateral rules enforced by supranational arbitration panels.

All pages in the program are subject to an approval process and must adhere to the platform’s brand safety guidelines.

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Internet media entrepreneur Nick Denton is a person to whom harsh judgments adhere like barnacles.

Indeed, they view us as children who can never adhere to the standards of civility and decency to which they hold other groups.

Powdered ink would adhere to the charged image and then it would be pressed via heat onto paper.

Saudi Arabia should adhere to the international treaties concerning freedom of speech.

Michelle: With everything we do in this show we really try to adhere to what would be psychologically true with Alicia.

Both claim for those who adhere to them the character of being the only members of the true Church.

The "Readjusters" persuaded the Negroes to adhere to their ideas primarily for political reasons.

Don't adhere to a word therein contained; we will think for ourselves.

And this Notion the Clergy generally adhere to, because thereby they kill two or three Birds with one stone.

Back to the shore again he had to go, and adhere to the original plan of creeping along by the beach.


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