[syn: adhere, hold fast, bond, bind, stick, stick to]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Adhere \Ad*here"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Adhered; p. pr. & vb.
n. Adhering.] [L. adhaerere, adhaesum; ad + haerere to
stick: cf. F. adh['e]rer. 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
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
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: be compatible or in accordance with; "You must adhere to
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, adhere, stick, cohere]
4: be a devoted follower or supporter; "The residents of this
village adhered to Catholicism"; "She sticks to her
principles" [syn: adhere, 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, adhere]
6: stick to firmly; "Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?"
[syn: adhere, hold fast, bond, bind, stick, stick
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
44 Moby Thesaurus words for "adhere":
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