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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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Examples from the web for adhere
  • 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.
  • Our transfer agreements mandate that we adhere to stringent grading policies.
  • Its high tensile strength is likely explained by its weblike structure and the way the fibers adhere to one another.
  • Simply make a wood box that you adhere to a glass plate with window cement, making an airtight seal.
  • This view does not require one to choose at his peril the creed to which he will adhere.
  • Most sports memoirs adhere to a rigid formula.
  • We expect our student athletes to adhere to certain standards.
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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