adhere

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
  1. verb
    stick to firmly
    “Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?”
    synonyms: 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
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    bind
    form a chemical bond with
    ligate
    bind chemically
    type of:
    attach
    become attached
  2. verb
    come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation
    synonyms: cleave, cling, cohere, stick
    bind, bond, hold fast, stick, stick to
    stick to firmly
    stick
    fasten with an adhesive material like glue
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    mold
    fit tightly, follow the contours of
    conglutinate
    stick together
    agglutinate
    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
  3. verb
    follow through or carry out a plan without deviation
    “They adhered to their plan”
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    carry out, follow out, follow through, follow up, go through, implement, put through
    pursue to a conclusion or bring to a successful issue
  4. verb
    be compatible or in accordance with
    “You must adhere to the rules”
    synonyms: hew
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    agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally
    be compatible, similar, or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
  5. verb
    be loyal to
    synonyms: stand by, stick, stick by
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  6. verb
    be a devoted follower or supporter
    “The residents of this village adhered to Catholicism”
    synonyms: stick
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    adopt, espouse, follow
    choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
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