• WordNet 3.6
    • v adhere follow through or carry out a plan without deviation "They adhered to their plan"
    • v adhere 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"
    • v adhere stick to firmly "Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?"
    • v adhere be loyal to "She stood by her husband in times of trouble","The friends stuck together through the war"
    • v adhere be a devoted follower or supporter "The residents of this village adhered to Catholicism","She sticks to her principles"
    • v adhere be compatible or in accordance with "You must adhere to the rules"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "The verb "cleave" is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.
    • Adhere To be consistent or coherent; to be in accordance; to agree. "Nor time nor place did then adhere .""Every thing adheres together."
    • Adhere 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.
    • Adhere 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • adhere To stick fast; cleave; become joined or united so as not to be easily separated without tearing: as, glutinous substances adhere to one another; the lungs sometimes adhere to the pleura.
    • adhere To hold closely or firmly (to): as, to adhere to a plan.
    • adhere To belong intimately; be closely connected.
    • adhere To be fixed in attachment or devotion; be devoted; be attached as a follower or upholder: as, men adhere to a party, a leader, a church, or a creed; rarely, to be attached as a friend.
    • adhere To be consistent; hold together; be in accordance or agreement, as the parts of a system; cohere.
    • adhere Specifically, in Scots law: To affirm a judgment; agree with the opinion of a judge previously pronounced.
    • adhere To return to a husband or wife who has been deserted. See adherence, 3. In logic and metaphysics, to be accidentally connected. See adherent, a., 3.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Adhere ad-hēr′ to stick to: to remain fixed or attached (with to): :
    • n Adhere one who adheres: a follower: a partisan (with of)—a less common form is Adher′er
    • v.i Adhere ad-hēr′ (Shak.) to be consistent
    • v.i Adhere ad-hēr′ (Scots law) to affirm a judgment
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  • Abraham Lincoln
    “What is conservatism? It is not adherence to the old and tried, but against the new and untried?”
  • Myriam Miedzian
    Myriam Miedzian
    “In the United States adherence to the values of the masculine mystique makes intimate, self-revealing, deep friendships between men unusual.”
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
    “The essence of statesmanship is not a rigid adherence to the past, but a prudent and probing concern for the future.”
  • David Lloyd George
    “No democracy has ever long survived the failure of its adherents to be ready to die for it. My own conviction is this, the people must either go on or go under.”
  • John Stuart Mill
    “A great statesman is he who knows when to depart from traditions, as well as when to adhere to them.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. adhaerere, adhaesum,; ad, + haerere, to stick: cf. F. adhérer,. See Aghast
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ad, to, hærēre, hæsum, to stick.


In literature:

Is an ACT OF ADHERENCE to God's Covenant.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
It may be that they did not adhere strictly to the letter of the truth.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
A pyrotechnical combustible attached to a grapnel for adhering to and setting fire to ships.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
If the proportions given are adhered to, no crystallisation of salts will take place around the eyes and mouth.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
Draw a magnet through the sand and note black particles adhering, showing presence of iron in some form.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
He was resolved to defend with all his might certain fundamental truths to which he firmly adhered.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
At the same time Spain and Sardinia adhered to the Pragmatic Sanction.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
They rapidly gained adherents, among whom was Hans Broedli, pastor of Zollikon.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
The four Italian cardinals still adhered to Pope Urban.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
He met Lord Camden and Dunning and young William Pitt, and some minor adherents of the great man.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen

In poetry:

Devote thy heart, to worship and to love
The Lord — let it invariably adhere
Unto the great and glorious God above
With perfect trust, and confidence sincere.
"Advice To Serve God" by Rees Prichard
THE rural mind by nature jealous proves;
Suspicion shows of ev'ry thing that moves;
Unused to city ways, perverse appears,
And, undismayed, to principle adheres:
"Feronde" by Jean de La Fontaine
I wish Mr Murphy every success,
Hoping he will make rapid progress;
And to the Blue Ribbon Army may he always prove true,
And adhere to his colours— the beautiful blue.
"A Tribute to Mr Murphy and the Blue Ribbon Army" by William Topaz McGonagall
“ My ruined house is left without a head.
Sometimes for death, and always for the cheer
Of my own hearth I yearn. A tortoise I,
Whose entrails to its broken shell adhere!
"The Longing Letter" by Daniel Varoujan
The flowers, still faithful to the stems,
Their fellowship renew;
The stems are faithful to the root,
That worketh out of view;
And to the rock the root adheres
In every fibre true.
"The Primrose of the Rock" by William Wordsworth
Himself examines all the streets;
Tells every passenger he meets,
And his egregious folly states
To churchwardens and magistrates.
But all adhering to one rule,
Join, with himself, to call him fool.
"The Pleasures Of Matrimony" by William Hutton

In news:

As a member of the Service Members Opportunities College (SOC) consortium*, Bryant & Stratton College Online adheres to the SOC principles for service members and their families.
The sensors would allow health care providers to track precisely when patients take their pills, with the goal of improving medication adherence.
Still, some subjectivity played into the evaluations , she said, with some administrators adhering more strictly to the guidelines than others.
Thus, it has stipulated that in order for a church or religious organization to attain an exemption from its mandate, it must first adhere to narrowly defined requirements.
These pros adhere to the one-ball rule.
Is it extreme to be factual, to question, and adhere to the US Constitution.
A look at claims made in political campaigns and how they adhere to the facts.
Failing to adhere to a dress code may be the next way to get kicked off a plane.
Though in this country, falafel 's biggest adherents were often found among the broke, the hippie, the college-aged, and the vegetarian.
The second group of women fasted once a week and adhered to a low-calorie solid food plan for the two-month weight-loss phase.
Connect with a member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association who can help your company lease or finance equipment ELFA members adhere to high standards and fair business practices.
A Florida Registered Paralegal shall adhere to the following Code of Ethics and Responsibility.
Older glaucoma patients are likely to be less adherent to medication and more wary of falling, recent studies indicate.
One of the reasons the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement has had trouble gaining adherents is that everyone knew the movement would never just target Jews.
The religion's earliest adherents worshipped two deities, one of each sex: "the Mother Goddess , the birthgiver, who brings into existence all life," and the "Horned God ," a male hunter who died and was resurrected each year.

In science:

Thus it is not surprising that UGC 12695, and in fact many LSB galaxies, do not adhere to the Toomre criterion (i.e.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
Given the many variants of linguistic theories used in implemented systems world-wide, this strategy will probably in most cases boil down to adapting generators to grammars that adhere to a “local” version of a theory.
Interfacing Constraint-Based Grammars and Generation Algorithms
Rather than to introduce that operator directly, we will adhere to the following principle: Avoid introducing operators on HΩ by hand, rather obtain them via the field-state correspondence 3 This axiom excludes so-called logarithmic CFTs from our considerations.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
Supplementary to the differential equation one has the adherence condition u = 0 on ∂Ω.
Two symmetry problems in potential theory
It says that actual strategy types adhere to the scheme of type preservation, strategy applications are uniquely typed, and the reduction semantics is properly abstracted in the type system.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies