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VERB (6)

1. be compatible or in accordance with;
- Example: "You must adhere to the rules"

2. follow through or carry out a plan without deviation;
- Example: "They adhered to their plan"

3. come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation;
- Example: "The dress clings to her body"
- Example: "The label stuck to the box"
- Example: "The sushi rice grains cohere"
[syn: cling, cleave, adhere, stick, cohere]

4. be a devoted follower or supporter;
- Example: "The residents of this village adhered to Catholicism"
- Example: "She sticks to her principles"
[syn: adhere, stick]

5. be loyal to;
- Example: "She stood by her husband in times of trouble"
- Example: "The friends stuck together through the war"
[syn: stand by, stick by, stick, adhere]

6. stick to firmly;
- Example: "Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?"
[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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 3. To be consistent or coherent; to be in accordance; to agree. "Nor time nor place did then adhere." "Every thing adheres together." --Shak. [1913 Webster] Syn: To attach; stick; cleave; cling; hold [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

adhere v 1: be compatible or in accordance with; "You must adhere to the rules" 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 to]
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