- 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 adhering
Ben is not Orthodox or particularly committed to adhering to traditional Jewish laws.My Week on Jewish Tinder
January 5, 2015
Place a pastry circle over each bowl, adhering it with the egg wash.Make These Barefoot Contessa Chicken Pot Pies
November 29, 2014
To be sure, the trade-off for adhering to Chinese restrictions is a lucrative market of professionals.LinkedIn Accidently Censors Tiananmen Square Content
June 3, 2014
What could audiences possibly gain from watching Hollywood personnel go through the motions of adhering to an Asian precursor?What Asian Film Remakes Like ‘Oldboy’ Get Wrong
November 26, 2013
They were adhering to a code of silence that had seemingly been reinforced by the institution.Rutgers Athletes Stay Silent on Mike Rice
April 4, 2013
It will be noticed that Captain Eri was adhering strictly to the truth.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
The key had risen over the ridge which had held it, and was adhering to the knife.The Great Drought
Sterner St. Paul Meek
Never be ashamed of adhering to what you know to be your duty.
True manliness consists in adhering to what you think to be right.
By adhering to it she was simply fulfilling the contract she had entered into with him.Mary Wollstonecraft
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
- (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 adhering
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.