adhere

[ad-heer]
verb (used without object), adhered, adhering.
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), adhered, adhering.
6.
to cause to adhere; make stick: Glue will adhere the tiles to the wallboard.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Medieval Latin adhērēre for Latin adhaerēre (ad- ad- + haerēre to stick, cling), perhaps via Middle French adhérer

adherable, adjective
adherer, noun
nonadhering, adjective
preadhere, verb (used without object), preadhered, preadhering.
unadhering, adjective


1. See stick2.


1. part, loosen.
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adhere (ədˈhɪə)
 
vb
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 exactly: adhere to the rules
 
[C16: via Medieval Latin adhērēre from Latin adhaerēre to stick to]
 
 
ad'herence
 
n

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adhere
1590s, from Fr. adherer (15c.), from L. adhaerare "to stick to" (see adherent). Originally of persons, "to cleave to a leader, cause, party, etc. (cf. adherent, still often used in this sense); of things, from 1650s.
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Example sentences
Departing radically from past ideas on adhesion, it aims to show that any two
  materials can be made to adhere strongly.
Solder is a mixture of tin and lead because lead alone will not "wet"
  or adhere well to other metals.
However, as with any thing worth doing- any idea noble enough to propagate,
  those who adhere to it must persist in its evangelism.
The sugar melts, caramelizes and becomes sticky, causing the soy-spice mixture
  to adhere beautifully to the skin of the duck.
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