adhere

[[t]ædhɪ͟ə(r)[/t]]
adheres, adhering, adhered
1) VERB If you adhere to a rule or agreement, you act in the way that it says you should.

[V to n] All members of the association adhere to a strict code of practice...

[V to n] She adhered to the strict Islamic dress code.

Syn:
2) VERB If you adhere to an opinion or belief, you support or hold it.

[V to n] He urged them to adhere to the values of Islam which defend the dignity of man.

3) VERB If something adheres to something else, it sticks firmly to it.

[V to n] Small particles adhere to the seed...

[V adv/prep] This sticky compound adheres well on this surface. [Also V]


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Adhere — Ad*here , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Adhered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Adhering}.] [L. adhaerere, adhaesum; ad + haerere to stick: cf. F. adh[ e]rer. See {Aghast}.] 1. To stick fast or cleave, as a glutinous substance does; to become joined or united; as, wax …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adhere — I (fasten) verb agglutinate, anchor, attach, band together, cement, clamp, clasp, cling to, coalesce, cohere, compound, fuse, glue, hold fast, hold firmly, inhaerere, join, latch, secure, stick to, stick together, tighten, unite II (maintain… …   Law dictionary

  • adhere — ad‧here [ədˈhɪə ǁ ˈhɪr] verb adhere to something phrasal verb to behave according to a rule, agreement etc: • Now companies must adhere to stricter guidelines on the disposal of toxic waste. adherence noun [uncountable] : • Aid to these countries …   Financial and business terms

  • adhere — [ad hir′, ədhir′] vi. adhered, adhering [L adhaerere < ad , to + haerere, to stick] 1. to stick fast; stay attached 2. to stay firm in supporting or approving [to adhere to a leader, to adhere to a plan] SYN. STICK adherer n …   English World dictionary

  • adhere to — (something) to behave in a way demanded by an idea or rule. Housing groups that do not adhere to the new fire regulations may lose government money. He followed no specific religion, but adhered to the basic beliefs of Christianity. Related… …   New idioms dictionary

  • adhere — [v1] conform to or follow rules exactly abide by, be attached, be constant, be devoted, be devoted to, be faithful, be loyal, be true, cleave to, comply, follow, fulfill, heed, keep, maintain, mind, obey, observe, practice, respect, stand by,… …   New thesaurus

  • adhere — ► VERB (adhere to) 1) stick fast to. 2) remain faithful to. DERIVATIVES adherence noun. ORIGIN Latin adhaerere stick to …   English terms dictionary

  • adhere to — I verb acknowledge, comply, conform, fulfill, have regard to, head, keep, make a practice of, obey, observe, pay attention to, pursue, regard, respect II index bear (tolerate), comply, conform, fulfill …   Law dictionary

  • adhere — (v.) 1590s, from M.Fr. adhérer (15c.) or directly from L. adhaerare to stick to (see ADHERENT (Cf. adherent)). Originally often of persons, to cleave to a leader, cause, party, etc. (Cf. adherent, still often used in this sense). Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • adhere — *stick, cohere, cling, cleave Analogous words: *fasten, attach, affix: unite, link, combine, *join Contrasted words: *separate, part, sever, divide: *detach, disengage: disunite, disjoin (see affirmative verbs at …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • adhere — v. 1) to adhere closely, doggedly, strictly, stubbornly, tenaciously 2) (d; intr.) to adhere to (to adhere strictly to a plan) * * * [əd hɪə] doggedly strictly stubbornly tenaciously to adhere closely (d; intr.) to adhere to (to adhere strictly… …   Combinatory dictionary

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