- 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 adhered
That's precisely the unwritten policy every gay player has adhered to in the history of the NFL.Michael Sam Is Not a ‘Distraction’
February 12, 2014
Make like the legendary Kitty Carlisle Hart, who adhered to a daily ritual.Advice From the Oldest Americans
October 29, 2011
I wondered if they had known about the worshipful attitude that once adhered to men like themselves, and mourned its absence.Stalking the Literary Lion
March 20, 2011
West, 33, has only dabbled in the business world, but when his activities have adhered to this strategy they have been successful.Kanye Inc.
November 21, 2010
He added that last year, crunch year, had not adhered to this pattern.Live From Art Basel
June 17, 2010
If this resolution be adhered to, then will my father never see me more!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
In our textbook we have adhered to the same plan of division.Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
In short, she adhered as resolutely to her determination as ever.
One particle which had adhered to his thumb he removed with his forefinger.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
It was inculcated by Washington; it has been adhered to by his successors ever since.Latin America and the United States
- (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 adhered
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.