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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ad-heer]
    • /ædˈhɪər/
    • /ədˈhɪər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-heer]
    • /ædˈhɪər/

Definitions of adhering word

  • verb without object adhering to stay attached; stick fast; cleave; cling (usually followed by to): The mud adhered to his shoes. 1
  • verb without object adhering Physics. (of two or more dissimilar substances) to be united by a molecular force acting in the area of contact. 1
  • verb without object adhering to be devoted in support or allegiance; be attached as a follower or upholder (usually followed by to): to adhere to a party. 1
  • verb without object adhering to hold closely or firmly (usually followed by to): to adhere to a plan. 1
  • verb without object adhering Obsolete. to be consistent. 1
  • verb with object adhering to cause to adhere; make stick: Glue will adhere the tiles to the wallboard. 1

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Origin of adhering

First appearance:

before 1590
One of the 37% oldest English words
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin adhērēre for Latin adhaerēre (ad- ad- + haerēre to stick, cling), perhaps via Middle French adhérer

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Parts of speech for Adhering


adhering popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 84% 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.

adhering usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for adhering

adjective adhering

  • cliquish — If you describe a group of people or their behavior as cliquish, you mean they spend their time only with other members of the group and seem unfriendly towards people who are not in the group.
  • resinous — full of or containing resin.
  • 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.
  • partisan — a shafted weapon of the 16th and 17th centuries, having as a head a long spear blade with a pair of curved lobes at the base.

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