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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: adhaerere, from ad- 'to' + haerere 'to stick'

adhere

verb
     
ad‧here [intransitive] formal
to stick firmly to something
adhere to
The eggs of these fish adhere to plant leaves.

adhere to something

phrasal verb
to continue to behave according to a particular rule, agreement, or belief:
We adhere to the principles of equal rights and freedom of expression for all.
I have adhered strictly to the rules.

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