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To Adhe're. v.n. [adhæreo, Lat.]

  1. To stick to; as, wax to the finger.

  2. To stick, in a figurative sense; to be consistent; to hold together.

    Why every thing adheres together, that no dram of a scruple, no scruple of a scruple, no obstacle, no incredulous or unsafe circumstance — Shakesp. Twelfth Night.

  3. To remain firmly fixed to a party, person or opinion.

    Good gentlemen, he hath much talk'd of you;
    And sure I am, two men there are not living,
    To whom he more adheres.
    Shaksp. Hamlet.

    Every man of sense will agree with me, that singularity is laudable, when, in contradiction to a multitude, it adheres to the dictates of conscience, morality, and honour. Boyle.

Sources: Boyle, Robert (84) · Shakespeare's Hamlet (60) · Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (36)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Verb Neuter (131)

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