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[ ad-heer ]
/ ædˈhɪər /
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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, Chemistry. (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.
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Origin of adhere

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

synonym study for adhere

1. See stick2.

OTHER WORDS FROM adhere

ad·her·a·ble, adjectivead·her·er, nounpre·ad·here, verb (used without object), pre·ad·hered, pre·ad·her·ing.
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How to use adhere in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for adhere

adhere
/ (ədˈhɪə) /

verb (intr)
(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 forms of adhere

adherence, noun

Word Origin for adhere

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

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