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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.
verb (used with object), ad·hered, ad·her·ing.
  1. 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
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

Synonyms for adhere

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1. See stick2.

Antonyms for adhere Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for adhered

held, clung, hewed

Examples from the Web for adhered

Contemporary Examples of adhered

  • That's precisely the unwritten policy every gay player has adhered to in the history of the NFL.

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    Michael Sam Is Not a ‘Distraction’

    Dave Cullen

    February 12, 2014

  • Make like the legendary Kitty Carlisle Hart, who adhered to a daily ritual.

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    Advice From the Oldest Americans

    Casey Schwartz

    October 29, 2011

  • I wondered if they had known about the worshipful attitude that once adhered to men like themselves, and mourned its absence.

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    Stalking the Literary Lion

    Liesl Schillinger

    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.

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    Kanye Inc.

    Peter Lauria

    November 21, 2010

  • He added that last year, crunch year, had not adhered to this pattern.

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    Live From Art Basel

    Anthony Haden-Guest

    June 17, 2010

Historical Examples of adhered

British Dictionary definitions for adhered


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
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 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.

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