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Webster 1913 Edition


Adhere

Ad-here′

,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Adhered
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Adhering
.]
[L.
adhaerere
,
adhaesum
;
ad
+
haerere
to stick: cf. F.
adhérer
. See
Aghast
.]
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.
“Nor time nor place did then adhere.” “Every thing adheres together.”
Shak.
Syn. – To attach; stick; cleave; cling; hold

Webster 1828 Edition


Adhere

ADHE'RE

,
Verb.
I.
[L. adhaereo, ad and haereo, to stick.]
1.
To stick to, as glutinous substances, or by natural growth; as, the lungs sometimes adhere to the pleura.
2.
To be joined, or held in contact; to cleave to.
3.
Figuratively, to hold to, be attached, or remain fixed, either by personal union or conformity of faith, principle, or opinion; as, men adhere to a party, a leader, a church, or creed.
4.
To be consistent; to hold together as the parts of a system.
Every thing adheres together.

Definition 2022


adhere

adhere

See also: adhère and adhéré

English

Alternative forms

Verb

adhere (third-person singular simple present adheres, present participle adhering, simple past and past participle adhered)

  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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  • The verb is intransitive but you can say "adhere to something".

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Latin

Verb

adhērē

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of adhēreō