Definition of adhere in English:

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Pronunciation: /ədˈhɪə/


[no object] (adhere to)
1Stick fast to (a surface or substance): paint won’t adhere well to a greasy surface
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  • You will need to use a melamine primer on the doors, so that the new paint will adhere to the surface, then choose new handles.
  • If it's plastic or metal, you'll need to spread a dulling compound, designed to help paint adhere to slick surfaces.
  • A paint's ability to adhere to a surface will vary with the type and quality of resins it contains.
stick, stick fast, cling, hold fast, cohere, bond, attach;
be stuck, be fixed, be pasted, be glued
2Believe in and follow the practices of: I do not adhere to any organized religion
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  • It was important to adhere to best practice and follow the highest international standards.
  • Farmers are urged to adhere to good agricultural practices in the disposal and spreading of agricultural wastes such as slurry.
  • Someone needs to audit doctors to determine how well they adhere to best practices.
2.1Closely follow, observe, or represent: the account adhered firmly to fact
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  • In numerous poetry collections, books of essays and fiction that followed, he closely adhered to this view of an unfettered aesthetic - not yoked to any ideology or dogma.
  • The association also holds cat shows and judges them based on how closely they adhere to the standards.
  • The play strikes me as an attempt to recreate a winning formula, adhering rather too closely to the mould of its last show, Hatched.
abide by, stick to, hold to, comply with, stand by, be faithful to, act in accordance with, pay attention to, pay regard to, go along with, cooperate with, conform to, submit to;
take to heart, bear in mind, be guided by;
follow, obey, heed, observe, respect, uphold, fulfil
be attached to, be connected with, be affiliated to, be a member of;
follow, support, give support to, cleave to, be loyal to, be faithful to, remain true to
informal stick with


Late 15th century: from Latin adhaerere, from ad- 'to' + haerere 'to stick'.

Words that rhyme with adhere

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