V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. to follow a rule or instructions; 2. to keep to an agreement; 3. to hold firmly to a belief, idea, or opinion; 4. to stick to the surface or an object
Synonyms: comply, obey, conform, heed, stick, cling to, attach, support
Antonyms: loosen, separate
Tips: Adhere is derived from the Latin cohaerere, from haerere, “to stick.” To help you remember the meaning of adhere, think of the related word adhesive and sticking together or sticking to the rules. An adhesive is something that sticks two things together. An adhesion is a union or cohesion between two things. To adhere is "to stick" and is a great word to use in the context of "sticking to the rules."
We are being more stringent in making sure people adhere to coding standards and product check-off lists before we ship products. (conform, stick)
John forced himself to adhere to a strict diet in order to lose weight, but for most people, this type of weight loss is tough to maintain, because adherence to strict diet guidelines can be very difficult. (stick, comply)
It is important that everyone adheres to the guidelines set forth in the manual. (sticks, complies with)
He kept the same political views his whole life and adhered to the Republican Party by voting for every Republican Presidential candidate. (stuck, supported)
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