from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To stick fast by or as if by suction or glue.
- intransitive v. To remain devoted to or be in support of something: adhered to her beliefs.
- intransitive v. To carry out a plan, scheme, or operation without deviation: We will adhere to our plan.
- transitive v. To cause to adhere; make stick.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To stick fast or cleave, as a glutinous substance does; to become joined or united; as, wax to the finger; the lungs sometimes adhere to the pleura.
- v. To hold, be attached, or devoted; to remain fixed, either by personal union or conformity of faith, principle, or opinion; as, men adhere to a party, a cause, a leader, a church.
- v. To be consistent or coherent; to be in accordance; to agree.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To stick fast or cleave, as a glutinous substance does; to become joined or united
- intransitive v. To hold, be attached, or devoted; to remain fixed, either by personal union or conformity of faith, principle, or opinion.
- intransitive v. To be consistent or coherent; to be in accordance; to agree.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To stick fast; cleave; become joined or united so as not to be easily separated without tearing: as, glutinous substances adhere to one another; the lungs sometimes adhere to the pleura.
- To hold closely or firmly (to): as, to adhere to a plan.
- To belong intimately; be closely connected.
- To be fixed in attachment or devotion; be devoted; be attached as a follower or upholder: as, men adhere to a party, a leader, a church, or a creed; rarely, to be attached as a friend.
- To be consistent; hold together; be in accordance or agreement, as the parts of a system; cohere.
- Specifically, in Scots law: To affirm a judgment; agree with the opinion of a judge previously pronounced.
- To return to a husband or wife who has been deserted. See adherence, 3. In logic and metaphysics, to be accidentally connected. See adherent, a., 3.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. follow through or carry out a plan without deviation
- v. stick to firmly
- v. be loyal to
- v. come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation
- v. be compatible or in accordance with
- v. be a devoted follower or supporter
French adhérer, from Latin adhaerēre, to stick to : ad-, ad- + haerēre, to stick.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin adhaerere, adhaesum; ad + haerere ("to stick"): compare French adhérer (Wiktionary)