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.

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. Unabridged
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adhere (ədˈhɪə)
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]

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Word Origin & History

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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