Definition 2022


stick to



stick to (third-person singular simple present sticks to, present participle sticking to, simple past and past participle stuck to)

  1. (idiomatic) To persist; to continue (to use, do, etc.)
    I have seen all the fancy electric toothbrushes, but I'm going to stick to the old-fashioned kind.
    If you stick to your studies, you will continue to improve.
    • 2007, Amanda Lamb, Smotherhood: Wickedly Funny Confessions from the Early Years:
      What I get from work makes me a better mother, and what I get from being a mother makes me a better journalist. At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
  2. Used other than as an idiom: see stick, to.

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