Verb adhere Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


adhere (third-person singular simple present adheres, present participle adhering, simple past and past participle adhered)

Sand adhered to the body
  1. (intransitive) To stick fast or cleave, as a glutinous substance does; to become joined or united
  2. (intransitive) To be attached or devoted, either by personal union or belief, principle, opinion etc.
  3. (intransitive) To be consistent or coherent; to be in accordance; to agree.

More definition: 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. be devoted in support or allegiance; be attached as a follower or upholder (usually followed by to), to adhere to a party. hold closely or firmly (usually followed by to), to adhere to a plan.

5.Obsolete. to be consistent. cause to adhere; make stick, Glue will adhere the tiles to the wallboard.

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 Formsadherence, noun adhesion Word OriginC16, via Medieval Latin adhērēre from Latin adhaerēre to stick toCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.


Only after a promise to adhere to her commitment, did Howie feel comfortable with Betsy making the call.

In spite, however, of the plausibility of this theory, it seems preferable to adhere to the story of Ezra i.-iv.

The axes i are now free; the outer lamellae of the outer gill-plates (er) still adhere by concrescence to the mantle-skirt, whilst the inner lamellae of the inner gill-plates meet one another and fuse by concrescence at In the lateral view of the animal with reflected mantle-skirt and gill-plates, the line of concrescence of the inner lamellae of the inner gill-plates is readily seen; it is marked as in fig.

27), as in Lonicera Caprifolium; and when leaves adhere to the stem, forming a sort of winged or leafy appendage, they are decurrent, as in thistles.

In the first part of our own investigation we shall adhere to the symbols used by Laplace, as we shall find that an accurate knowledge of the physical interpretation of these symbols is necessary for the further investigation of the subject.

All drivers must adhere to speed limits.

He needed to make sure that the staffs each knew to adhere to service level agreement's between both organizations.

This is the catastrophe they face this Christmas, even if they faithfully adhere to the rules and regulations of the madcap CFP.

Such sayings themselves grow harder and adhere more firmly with age, and it would take many blows with a trowel to clean an old wiseacre of them.

Napoleon merely laid the cross on Lazarev's breast and, dropping his hand, turned toward Alexander as though sure that the cross would adhere there.

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