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Definition of adhere verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

adhere

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verb
BrE BrE//ədˈhɪə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ədˈhɪr//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they adhere
BrE BrE//ədˈhɪə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ədˈhɪr//
 
he / she / it adheres
BrE BrE//ədˈhɪəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ədˈhɪrz//
 
past simple adhered
BrE BrE//ədˈhɪəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ədˈhɪrd//
 
past participle adhered
BrE BrE//ədˈhɪəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ədˈhɪrd//
 
-ing form adhering
BrE BrE//ədˈhɪərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ədˈhɪrɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] adhere (to something) (formal) to stick firmly to something Once in the bloodstream, the bacteria adhere to the surface of the red cells. Clean the surface first, or the paint will not adhere. There was oil adhering to the bird’s feathers. Word Origin late 15th cent.: from Latin adhaerere, from ad- ‘to’ + haerere ‘to stick’.Extra examples The guidelines were not always fully adhered to. The tiles may not adhere properly if you do not use the correct glue. This principle must be strictly adhered to. We adhere to the company’s code of practice. Phrasal Verbsadhere to something
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