If you don't want monkey droppings to adhere to the sole of your shoe, watch where you’re walking. Maybe if you'd adhere, or stick to, the zoo rules and stay on the walking path, you wouldn't have to worry about it.

Adhere is from the 15th-century French verb meaning "to stick." Things that are sticky will adhere, or attach, to surfaces and stay there, whether you want them to or not; in other words, they're adhesive, an adjective that comes from the same Latin source as the French verb. When a person chooses to adhere to something, it is more of a choice to stick with it or agree to abide by rules or guidelines. You can also adhere by being loyal, as when you adhere to the high moral standards or behavior expected of some organization.

Definitions of adhere

v stick to firmly

“Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?”
bind, bond, hold fast, stick, stick to
cleave, cling, cohere, stick
come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation
form a chemical bond with
bind chemically
Type of:
become attached

v come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation

cleave, cling, cohere, stick
bind, bond, hold fast, stick, stick to
stick to firmly
fasten with an adhesive material like glue
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fit tightly, follow the contours of
stick together
clump together; as of bacteria, red blood cells, etc.
haemagglutinate, hemagglutinate
cause the clumping together (of red blood cells)
Type of:
adjoin, contact, meet, touch
be in direct physical contact with; make contact

v follow through or carry out a plan without deviation

“They adhered to their plan”
Type of:
carry out, follow out, follow through, follow up, go through, implement, put through
pursue to a conclusion or bring to a successful issue

v be compatible or in accordance with

“You must adhere to the rules”
Type of:
agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally
be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics

v be loyal to

stand by, stick, stick by
Type of:
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v be a devoted follower or supporter

“The residents of this village adhered to Catholicism”
Type of:
adopt, espouse, follow
choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans

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