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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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  • This took place generally when some canonical form had not been adhered to, as on this matter the law was rightly most strict.

    English Monastic Life Abbot Gasquet
  • He adhered to Rose like a leech, and followed her about like a little dog.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • He stamped on the porch and flapped his arms to remove the generous covering of snow that had adhered to him.

  • He continued: "You have evidently not adhered to what you undertook in this telegram."

    The Peace Negotiations J. D. Kestell
  • Munroe adhered to the coalition, but his adhesion was kept a profound secret till the time came for action.

    Monk Julian Corbett
British Dictionary definitions for adhered


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 adhered



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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