View synonyms for adhering


[ ad-heer-ing ]


  1. attaching or staying attached; sticking, or causing something to stick, to something else:

    She worked away with a steel scraper to loosen the adhering carpet where it had been glued to the floor.

  2. devoted in allegiance; attached as a follower, supporter, or member:

    Under the OECD Council decision on multinational enterprises, each adhering country must set up a National Contact Point for dispute resolution.

  3. holding firmly or closely to something (often used in combination):

    Respond to all employee complaints promptly and in a professional, confidential, policy-adhering manner.


  1. the act or fact of sticking, clinging, or holding closely or firmly to something:

    We can't just call for an adhering to due process—we need to actually ensure that due process happens.

  2. Chemistry, Physics. (of two or more dissimilar substances) the fact of being united by a molecular force acting in the area of contact:

    The adhering of the molecules of a gas on the surface of a solid is called adsorption.

  3. the fact of being devoted or attached to a person or thing as a follower, member, or supporter:

    Under the law, cruising in an enemy ship intending to capture or destroy American ships is an adhering to the enemies of the United States.

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Other Words From

  • non·ad·her·ing adjective
  • un·ad·her·ing adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of adhering1

First recorded in 1545–55; adher(e) ( def ) + -ing 2( def ) for the adjective senses; adher(e) ( def ) + -ing 1( def ) for the noun senses

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Example Sentences

The university says it adheres to Supreme Court rulings over decades that have allowed the use of race within certain limits.

The nation has neither developed a uniform strategy nor agreed to adhere to the simplest measures to protect each other.

I’ve been extremely diligent for many months now, wearing my mask in public and around the office, while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

It’s the fact that the city can’t stand the message that Catholic Social Services and the archdiocese are sending by continuing to adhere to the old-fashioned view about marriage.

Even more importantly with regards to call tracking, every business needs to adhere to those key legal requirements, such as the EU’s GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation, to make sure their customers’ sensitive information is safe.

Ben is not Orthodox or particularly committed to adhering to traditional Jewish laws.

Place a pastry circle over each bowl, adhering it with the egg wash.

No longer were women adhering to the strict dress codes of previous generations.

It certainly bodes well to the film adhering to what you were saying before, about humor being as important as the horror.

To be sure, the trade-off for adhering to Chinese restrictions is a lucrative market of professionals.

Unfortunately, unprogressive builders are still adhering to this inartistic plan.

A hundred and eighty-eight were for adhering to the vote of the eleventh of December.

Indistinct specimens of greenstone, with adhering quartz; apparently a primitive rock.

Quartz from thin veins, with particles of an adhering rock, probably chlorite-slate.

In believing thus, are we not adhering to the opinions of others without having one of our own?