Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Even when the pace quickened with the stress of the music the gestures still continued to be restrained and hieratic, only when, one by one, the performers detached themselves from the round and knelt before us for the _peseta_ it is customary to press on their foreheads, did one see, by the moisture which made the coin adhere, how quick and violent their movements had been.

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  • Before we being, I would like to remind you that some of the comments made on the call adhere prepared remarks and response to your questions may contain forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

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  • Hereby is the template that I think the superdelegates should adhere, that is they should vote as “independents” and for the candidate that represents the “base” of the party.

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  • Pro tip: Don't worry about involving yourself in the difference between hertz and bits; even complex technical terms adhere to the logical tendency that more is better.

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  • Nakheel has a $3. 5bn convertible sukuk - essentially a convertible bond whose terms adhere to Islamic lending practices - that will reach maturity on December 14.

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  • We all kind of adhere to the same general rule, says Mike Woodard, principal at Superior Hills Elementary School.

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  • Nice sentiment, but that trust will continually be violated as long as companies merely "adhere" to values rather than actually believe in the values they spend so much time and money convincing us they have, if they have them at all.

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  • Content serve as eyeball flytraps in which sites can 'adhere' advertisements adhere as in "Your Ad Here".

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  • Chinese Communist party leaders will deal only with opposition parties in Taiwan that "adhere" to the "one China principle" and oppose Taiwan's defense spending.

    Archive 2006-03-01

  • Had his natural endowments been even of the higher and nobler order of such as adhere to virtue, even in the lap of prosperity, and in the bosom of temptation, he might have lived and died a pattern of the nobility of France, to be classed, in aftertimes, with the Turennes and the Montausiers of the age of

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  • See abhere.

    June 22, 2011

  • Often seen the word 'abhere' used - is this the same?

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