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Definition of the verb adhere

What does adhere mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: adhered | adhering | adheres

  1. be compatible or in accordance with
  2. follow through or carry out a plan without deviation
  3. come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Theme - concrete object, plural] [Verb] togetherThe child and her mother clung together
      [Theme 1 - concrete object] [Verb] to / with [Theme 2]The child clung to her mother

      Verbs of Combining and Attaching (with the same syntax): cleave, cling.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of adhere: cleave / cling / cohere / stick
    • more generic words: adjoin / contact / meet / touch = be in direct physical contact with
    • more specific words:
    • entailment: attach = become attached
  4. be a devoted follower or supporter
    • example: The residents of this village adhered to Catholicism
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of adhere: stick
    • more generic words: adopt / espouse / follow = choose and follow
  5. be loyal to
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of adhere: stand by / stick / stick by
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  6. stick to firmly
    • example: Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of adhere: bind / bond / hold fast / stick / stick to
    • more generic word: attach = become attached
    • more specific word: bind = form a chemical bond with

Alternative definition of the verb adhere


  1. [intransitive] 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. [intransitive] 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. [intransitive] To be consistent or coherent; to be in accordance; to agree.


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Google previewMilitarism, Humanism, and Occupation (2010)

by Maximilian C. Forte

seems to adhere is that of “might is right.” Military Bases: Power and Pipelines Immediately after the bombing of Yugoslavia, U.S. forces seized 1,000 acres of farmland in southeast Kosovo and proceeded to ...

Google previewHIV/AIDS Treatment and Prevention in India (2004)

Modeling the Costs and Consequences by A. Mead Over

ADHERE is a national capacity-building program that helps patients in unstructured and structured care adhere to therapy. It would provide information, education, and communication; training; laboratory strengthening; and subsidies for ...

Google previewInformation Security Management Handbook on CD-ROM, 2006 Edition (2006)

by Micki Krause

The first and foremost reason that ISPs are an appropriate place for responsibility to adhere is that most ISP business models are based on the ISP providing a service to consumers in return for a fixed monthly compensation.4 Because the ...

Google previewPrivate Law and the Rule of Law (2014)

by Lisa M Austin, Dennis Klimchuk

Identifying the specific content of the minimal core to which private law pluralism must adhere is a significant task that cannot be undertaken here. For our purposes, it is enough to indicate that this core must be located around the maxim of ...

Google previewJournal of Proceedings (1913)

by Wisconsin. Legislature. Senate

Manual to insist is to urge upon the other house concurrence in the Dosition of the hou«e insisting — to adhere Is an Irrevocable decision, and the other bouse must recPde and accept the position of the house adhe'-lng. or the mntter fall.

Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes ... (1845)

by John Platts

ADHERE-ADMIT. 19 ADHERE, [adhareo, L.] to be joined to, or take part with. ATTACH, [attacher, F.] to unite closely; to tie, to bind. STICK, [stican, S.] to unite itself by its tenacity or penetrating power. CLEAVE, [cleosian, S.] to adhere with strong ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Indo-European Culture (1997)

by Douglas Q. Adams

Occupation and Commerce Quantity and Number Religion and Comparative Mythology Sense Perception Social and Political Relations Spatial Relations Speech Time Vegetation and Agriculture Warfare Able Accomplish Adhere ( Adhere; ...

Google previewThe British encyclopedia, or, Dictionary of arts and sciences (1809)

The first layer being thus burnished down, a second is made to adhere in the same manner, and sometimes a third, if the gilding is intended to be very solid; The objection to this kind of gilding is its tediousness and the almost impossibility of ...

Google previewBritish Encyclopedia (1819)

Or, Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge by William Nicholson

The first layer being thus burnished down, a second is made to adhere in the same manner, and sometimes a third, if the gilding is intended to be very solid. The objection to this kind of gilding is its tediousmess, and the almost impossibility of ...

Google previewThe Eat Right 4 Your Type The complete Blood Type Encyclopedia (2002)

by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo, Catherine Whitney

Tumor necrosis factor causes leukocytes to adhere to the walls of the blood vessels by promoting the expression of...

Once the leukocytes adhere, they are stimulated to migrate farther by other chemical attractants that are being produced by ...

Google previewA Botanical Dictionary (1805)

Or, Elements of Systematic and Philosophical Botany by Colin Milne

Birthwort, arijlolochia, has no filaments ; the anthers, which are six in number, adhere to the stigma. In cuckow-pint, arum, there are likewise no filaments, unless a number of nectaria, thick at the base, and terminated with thread- shaped ...

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I admit that Post-it note sheets that adhere to virtually any surface are now my substitute of choice for retention. (Candice Bergen)
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Scrabble value of A1D2H4E1R1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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