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[ad-heer] /ædˈhɪər/
verb (used without object), adhered, adhering.
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.
verb (used with object), adhered, adhering.
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 forms
adherable, adjective
adherer, noun
nonadhering, adjective
preadhere, verb (used without object), preadhered, preadhering.
unadhering, adjective
1. See stick2 .
1. part, loosen. Unabridged
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  • Now regulate the time of feeding to suit the age of the child and adhere to strict regularity.

  • After much exercitation the Germans determined to adhere to the offensive.

  • Maria Antoinette's education and natural disposition led her to adhere to the customs of the court of her ancestors.

    Maria Antoinette John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • Put the saucepan in a bain-marie, and stir so that the eggs may not adhere.

  • Mdango was informed that we should adhere to our original purpose.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
British Dictionary definitions for adhere


verb (intransitive)
(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 exactly: adhere to the rules
Derived Forms
adherence, noun
Word Origin
C16: via Medieval Latin adhērēre from Latin adhaerēre to stick to
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Word Origin and History for adhere

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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