Definition of stick to in US 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.’
    • ‘The scientists caution women to stay on the safe side and stick to soft drinks in late pregnancy.’
    • ‘Economic activity was his forte, and had he stayed in Sudan he could have stuck to that.’
    • ‘They urged the soldiers to stay in their barracks and stick to defending the country as professional soldiers.’
    • ‘The awards are known for sticking to the tried and true, and this year stayed true to the script, for the most part.’
    • ‘If gray foliage plays a major role in your garden, stick to cool-colored flowers.’
    • ‘In the summertime, try sticking to lighter colored suits and stay away from darker ones.’
    • ‘Your style is to stick to the moves that we've practised, play it safe.’
    • ‘And, why do they not follow where the interview goes instead of sticking to their boring prepared questions.’
    • ‘He has continued his policy of sticking to predominantly French riders for his team.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 Not move or digress from (a path or a subject).
      • ‘An autobiography is an attempt to bring up all the facts, and to stick to them, faithfully and chronologically.’
      • ‘Travellers should stick to prescribed paths and not even contemplate wading through cultivated land.’
      • ‘It sticks to the facts, avoids becoming opinionated and doesn't patronise.’
      • ‘She sticks to her subject and argues an extremely complex case with authority, aplomb and ease.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My acquaintance was a little puzzled, expecting me to stick to the original subject.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But even if you stick to the cycle paths you are not necessarily safe.’
      • ‘The two commentary tracks are well done and stick to the subject matter well.’
      • ‘I won't mind if you pull us up short for not sticking to the subject.’
  • 2Adhere to (a commitment, belief, or rule)

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