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English verb: adhere

1. adhere (stative) be compatible or in accordance with

SamplesYou must adhere to the rules.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally

2. adhere (change) follow through or carry out a plan without deviation

SamplesThey adhered to their plan.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)carry out, follow out, follow through, follow up, go through, implement, put through

3. adhere (contact) come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation

SamplesThe dress clings to her body.
The label stuck to the box.
The sushi rice grains cohere.

Synonymscleave, cling, cohere, stick

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)adjoin, contact, meet, touch

Narrower (hyponym)agglutinate, conglutinate, mold


Verb groupadhere, bind, bond, hold fast, stick, stick, stick to

4. adhere (stative) be a devoted follower or supporter

SamplesThe residents of this village adhered to Catholicism.
She sticks to her principles.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)adopt, espouse, follow

5. adhere (stative) be loyal to

SamplesShe stood by her husband in times of trouble.
The friends stuck together through the war.

Synonymsstand by, stick, stick by

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)be

6. adhere (contact) stick to firmly

SamplesWill this wallpaper adhere to the wall?.

Synonymsbind, bond, hold fast, stick, stick to

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)attach

Narrower (hyponym)bind

Verb groupadhere, cleave, cling, cohere, stick

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