AskDefine | Define adhere

Dictionary Definition



1 be compatible or in accordance with; "You must adhere to the rules"
2 follow through or carry out a plan without deviation; "They adhered to their plan"
3 come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation; "The dress clings to her body"; "The label stuck to the box"; "The sushi rice grains cohere" [syn: cling, cleave, stick, cohere]
4 be a devoted follower or supporter; "The residents of this village adhered to Catholicism"; "She sticks to her principles" [syn: stick]
5 be loyal to; "She stood by her husband in times of trouble"; "The friends stuck together through the war" [syn: stand by, stick by, stick]
6 stick to firmly; "Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?" [syn: hold fast, bond, bind, stick, stick to]

User Contributed Dictionary



adhaerere, adhaesum; ad + haerere: compare French adhérer


IPA: WEAE /ædˈhiɹ/


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To be consistent or coherent; to be in accordance; to agree.


To stick fast or cleave
To hold, be attached, or devoted
To be consistent or coherent; to be in accordance; to agree

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

agglomerate, bunch, clasp, cleave, clinch, cling, cling to, clot, cluster, coagulate, cohere, combine, come together, communicate, congeal, conglomerate, connect, converge, embrace, freeze to, grasp, grow together, hang on, hang together, hold, hold on, hold together, hug, intercommunicate, join, knit, link, mass, meet, merge, persist, set, solidify, stay, stay put, stick, stick together, take hold of, unite
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