Definition of stick to in English:

stick to

phrasal verb

  • 1Continue or confine oneself to doing or using (a particular thing)

    ‘I'll stick to bitter lemon, thanks’
    • ‘All the scenes of soccer games stick to close-ups of cleats followed by actresses hitting the turf and then a ball hitting the net.’
    • ‘Economic activity was his forte, and had he stayed in Sudan he could have stuck to that.’
    • ‘However, Mary concluded, if they both stuck to doing their jobs and stayed out of each other's way as much as possible, things would run smoothly.’
    • ‘And, why do they not follow where the interview goes instead of sticking to their boring prepared questions.’
    • ‘The awards are known for sticking to the tried and true, and this year stayed true to the script, for the most part.’
    • ‘He has continued his policy of sticking to predominantly French riders for his team.’
    • ‘If gray foliage plays a major role in your garden, stick to cool-colored flowers.’
    • ‘Your style is to stick to the moves that we've practised, play it safe.’
    • ‘They urged the soldiers to stay in their barracks and stick to defending the country as professional soldiers.’
    • ‘The scientists caution women to stay on the safe side and stick to soft drinks in late pregnancy.’
    • ‘In the summertime, try sticking to lighter colored suits and stay away from darker ones.’
    1. 1.1 Not move or digress from (a path or a subject)
      ‘we stuck close to the paths’
      ‘let's stick to the facts’
      • ‘My acquaintance was a little puzzled, expecting me to stick to the original subject.’
      • ‘An autobiography is an attempt to bring up all the facts, and to stick to them, faithfully and chronologically.’
      • ‘But even if you stick to the cycle paths you are not necessarily safe.’
      • ‘Travellers should stick to prescribed paths and not even contemplate wading through cultivated land.’
      • ‘The two commentary tracks are well done and stick to the subject matter well.’
      • ‘I suppose we just have to accept that a major movie house would never dream of tackling this subject if it had to stick to the facts.’
      • ‘She sticks to her subject and argues an extremely complex case with authority, aplomb and ease.’
      • ‘I won't mind if you pull us up short for not sticking to the subject.’
      • ‘It sticks to the facts, avoids becoming opinionated and doesn't patronise.’
      • ‘He said the council had placed clear signs on all its footpaths advising people to stick to marked paths and to avoid all contact with livestock.’
  • 2Adhere to (a commitment, belief, or rule)

    ‘the government stuck to their election pledges’
    • ‘Throughout his captivity the guards stuck to the rules.’
    • ‘Stretch limousine operators have been given a final warning to stick to the safety rules and ensure they have the right licences or face action.’
    • ‘We are delighted that the government is sticking to its commitment.’
    • ‘He continues to make progress in his physique each year by sticking to the same program.’
    • ‘The Mayor angrily stuck to his belief that if the council took over the playground, it could be insured.’
    • ‘Through the decades he has stuck to his beliefs and spoken his mind.’
    • ‘No one thought the companies would stick to their word without continued pressure from the union.’
    • ‘There are so many rules, but nobody sticks to them.’
    • ‘After further review of the matter, I stick to my belief that the court got this one wrong.’
    • ‘Anybody with histories of alcoholism or drug abuse must prove they are willing to stick to strict rules.’
    abide by, keep, adhere to, hold to, fulfil, make good
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