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adhere

[ad-heer] /ædˈhɪər/
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
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
Synonyms
1. See stick2 .
Antonyms
1. part, loosen.
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adhere

/ədˈhɪə/
verb (intransitive)
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
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 non-adhering

adhere

v.

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.

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