One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Apply or affix (something) to something else.‘signed by a partner who would either adhibit the firm's signature or his own’
- ‘Houses are generally made of three levels: the lowest, adhibited to stable, the middle one used for the everyday living, and the upper where the hay was stored.’
- ‘At last, it is adhibited with nonwoven fabric (gunny cloth).’
- ‘This product is even VAE modified latex, characterized by inocuity, insipidity, high drying speed, strong viscidity and firm adhibiting.’
- ‘Especially, the time effect is remarkable for it to patch corners of stone material, to adhibit at location to speed up curing.’
- ‘The solemn work went on during the forenoon, and again in the afternoon, and was continued in the evening until all the ministers present had adhibited their names.’
Early 16th century (in the sense ‘take in, include’): from Latin adhibit- ‘brought in’, from the verb adhibere, from ad- ‘to’ + habere ‘hold, have’.
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