Definition of adhere in English:



  • 1 Stick fast to (a surface or substance)

    ‘paint won't adhere well to a greasy surface’
    • ‘A paint's ability to adhere to a surface will vary with the type and quality of resins it contains.’
    • ‘For example, if caulking is installed when the temperature is too cold, it will not properly adhere to surfaces.’
    • ‘If the walls are painted with a semi-gloss or gloss paint, give them a light sanding to dull the surface so the glue adheres better.’
    • ‘On the inner elements, it is necessary for the tape to adhere to the surface in order to damp out vibrations.’
    • ‘Some spiders have another seeming superpower: an ability to adhere to sheer surfaces, even when upside down.’
    • ‘This ability to adhere to surfaces is lost when an insect's feet become covered in particles.’
    • ‘The debris is a mixture of dirt and brake pad material that has adhered to the ceramic surface.’
    • ‘You will need to use a melamine primer on the doors, so that the new paint will adhere to the surface, then choose new handles.’
    • ‘In the cold-transfer method, an image on paper is sprayed with a chemical solution that adheres to the surface of the artwork.’
    • ‘There are simply too many different types of problems that involve paint not adhering to exterior surfaces.’
    • ‘Adhesive tape will not adhere to wet, dirty, rusty, or frozen surfaces.’
    • ‘The chief problem for artists working on copper is to persuade the paint to adhere to the very smooth surface.’
    • ‘Warm temperatures are also necessary so the caulk will set properly and adhere to the surface.’
    • ‘Dust films are a light powder of clay and silt-sized particles that adhere to rough surfaces and rock fractures.’
    • ‘If it's plastic or metal, you'll need to spread a dulling compound, designed to help paint adhere to slick surfaces.’
    • ‘The lolly becomes sticky so that the sherbet adheres to its surface.’
    • ‘There are products on the market that will help keep food from adhering to cooking surfaces, keeping these appliances from getting so dirty they are difficult to clean.’
    • ‘Once sprayed with water, the gecko was unable to adhere to the surface.’
    • ‘This is because much of the dirt that may accumulate inside air ducts adheres to duct surfaces and does not necessarily enter the living space.’
    • ‘A service professional can also advise on stripping paint from plaster walls and ensuring that the new paint adheres to the surface.’
    stick, stick fast, cling, hold fast, cohere, bond, attach
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    1. 1.1Believe in and follow the practices of.
      ‘the people adhere to the Muslim religion’
      • ‘If farmers are adhering to good farming practices, as most of them are, then there will not be any substantive change.’
      • ‘This trade body has a code of practice for members to adhere to, but it is a toothless watchdog with limited powers.’
      • ‘It adheres to strict ethical practices and accepts that business may be lost when standards need to be met.’
      • ‘Where significant differences existed between the hospital groups, usually large hospitals adhered to accepted practice guidelines to a greater extent.’
      • ‘Neither can I conclude that even a failure to adhere to good practice necessarily equates with maladministration.’
      • ‘They have to believe that we, rather than some distant authority, adhere to high standards - and practice what we preach.’
      • ‘Next, they must consistently follow the procedure and be accountable for their practice by adhering strictly to the policy.’
      • ‘It was important to adhere to best practice and follow the highest international standards.’
      • ‘Failure to adhere to safe working practices in the laboratory can quickly result in serious injuries or incidents.’
      • ‘To find even a single disciple who would accept and adhere to such stringent conditions appears impossible.’
      • ‘In practice, adhering to such strictures is onerous and difficult.’
      • ‘However, most phone companies adhere to good practice and inform councils when masts are being installed.’
      • ‘You may follow any road your mind wishes to follow or adhere to the teachings of any guide or guru.’
      • ‘Always understand, develop, and adhere to proper safety practices.’
      • ‘Certainly, playing on a collegiate team isn't easy, requiring a student to adhere to a rigorous practice and study schedule.’
      • ‘Farmers are urged to adhere to good agricultural practices in the disposal and spreading of agricultural wastes such as slurry.’
      • ‘Someone needs to audit doctors to determine how well they adhere to best practices.’
      • ‘They conclude that psychologists can become considerably more aggressive in their professional advertising practices, while still adhering to appropriate ethical constraints.’
      • ‘By adhering to proven safety practices and protective measures, risk of personal injury can be minimized.’
      • ‘As an independent practitioner, it is incumbent on you to keep up to date with nursing standards and to adhere to current practices and guidelines.’
      get involved with, take up with, join up with, go around with, string along with, become friendly with, make friends with, strike up a friendship with, start seeing, make the acquaintance of
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    2. 1.2Represent truthfully and in detail.
      ‘the account adhered firmly to fact’
      • ‘There's a feedback relationship between real exploration and fiction, if our fiction adheres closely to the way things might actually play out.’
      • ‘Many architectural historians maintain that Mission furniture adhered more closely to the Arts and Crafts ideals than most British work did.’
      • ‘The means to accomplish this were literate sermons, adhering closely to the liturgy of the church; catechising the young; and administering the sacraments.’
      • ‘In numerous poetry collections, books of essays and fiction that followed, he closely adhered to this view of an unfettered aesthetic - not yoked to any ideology or dogma.’
      • ‘If you adhered closely to the program through Phase 3, you probably have at least the faint outline of a six-pack now emerging.’
      • ‘Despite first appearances, it adheres closely to Shakespeare's play.’
      • ‘We don't adhere closely to it, rather in the name of goodwill we have a tendency to overlook most of the criteria and refund within much wider limits.’
      • ‘The script adheres pretty closely to the basic plot of the 1949 book, which imagined a totalitarian state where even the thoughts of its subjects are controlled by an all-seeing Big Brother.’
      • ‘A few of today's rap artists have adhered closely to rap's original spirit as an egalitarian party music.’
      • ‘His affinity with his subject, though, is one that conversely makes him adhere to the facts.’
      • ‘He began reproducing some pieces, adhering as closely as possible to the vivid colors of the originals.’
      • ‘The association also holds cat shows and judges them based on how closely they adhere to the standards.’
      • ‘Among the first generation, family relations adhered rather closely to the traditional Bulgarian model.’
      • ‘The industry's strategy is to adhere to the facts and procure accurate information from third party experts.’
      • ‘This CD was produced by the composer, so I suppose the performances adhere closely to his wishes.’
      • ‘Both works build from simple, even austere, ideas, but Gould's work more closely adheres to the conventional idea of a fanfare.’
      • ‘The subsequent shoot adhered closely to what was written.’
      • ‘The play strikes me as an attempt to recreate a winning formula, adhering rather too closely to the mould of its last show, Hatched.’
      • ‘Instead, they say, the fault lies with an administration that adheres too closely to a script.’
      be attached to, be connected with, be affiliated to, be a member of
      abide by, stick to, hold to, comply with, stand by, be faithful to, act in accordance with, pay attention to, pay regard to, go along with, cooperate with, conform to, submit to
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Late 15th century: from Latin adhaerere, from ad- to + haerere to stick.