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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ad-heer-uh nt, -her-]
    • /ædˈhɪər ənt, -ˈhɛr-/
    • /ədˈhɪə.rənt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-heer-uh nt, -her-]
    • /ædˈhɪər ənt, -ˈhɛr-/

Definitions of adherent word

  • countable noun adherent An adherent is someone who holds a particular belief or supports a particular person or group. 3
  • noun adherent a supporter or follower 3
  • adjective adherent sticking, holding fast, or attached 3
  • adjective adherent sticking fast; attached 3
  • adjective adherent grown together; adnate 3
  • noun adherent a supporter or follower (of a person, cause, etc.) 3

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Origin of adherent

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin adhērent- for Latin adhaerent- (stem of adhaerēns, present participle of adhaerēre). See adhere, -ent

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adherent popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for adherent

noun adherent

  • backer — A backer is someone who helps or supports a project, organization, or person, often by giving or lending money.
  • devotee — Someone who is a devotee of a subject or activity is very enthusiastic about it.
  • disciple — Religion. one of the 12 personal followers of Christ. one of the 70 followers sent forth by Christ. Luke 10:1. any other professed follower of Christ in His lifetime.
  • believer — If you are a great believer in something, you think that it is good, right, or useful.
  • hanger-on — a person who remains in a place or attaches himself or herself to a group, another person, etc., although not wanted, especially in the hope or expectation of personal gain.

adjective adherent

  • devout — A devout person has deep religious beliefs.
  • resinous — full of or containing resin.
  • heart and soul — Anatomy. a hollow, pumplike organ of blood circulation, composed mainly of rhythmically contractile smooth muscle, located in the chest between the lungs and slightly to the left and consisting of four chambers: a right atrium that receives blood returning from the body via the superior and inferior vena cavae, a right ventricle that pumps the blood through the pulmonary artery to the lungs for oxygenation, a left atrium that receives the oxygenated blood via the pulmonary veins and passes it through the mitral valve, and a left ventricle that pumps the oxygenated blood, via the aorta, throughout the body.
  • clingy — If you describe someone as clingy, you mean that they become very attached to people and depend on them too much.
  • adhesive — An adhesive is a substance such as glue, which is used to make things stick firmly together.

Antonyms for adherent

noun adherent

  • antagonist — Your antagonist is your opponent or enemy.
  • opponent — a person who is on an opposing side in a game, contest, controversy, or the like; adversary.

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