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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ad-hee-siv, -ziv]
    • /ædˈhi sɪv, -zɪv/
    • /ədˈhiː.sɪv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-hee-siv, -ziv]
    • /ædˈhi sɪv, -zɪv/

Definitions of adhesive word

  • variable noun adhesive An adhesive is a substance such as glue, which is used to make things stick firmly together. 3
  • adjective adhesive An adhesive substance is able to stick firmly to something else. 3
  • adjective adhesive able or designed to adhere; sticky 3
  • adjective adhesive tenacious or clinging 3
  • noun adhesive a substance used for sticking objects together, such as glue, cement, or paste 3
  • adjective adhesive sticking and not coming loose; clinging 3

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Origin of adhesive

First appearance:

before 1660
One of the 46% oldest English words
First recorded in 1660-70; adhes(ion) + -ive

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Adhesive


adhesive popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 94% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for adhesive

adj adhesive

  • gummy — of, resembling, or of the consistency of gum; viscid; mucilaginous.
  • sticky — having the property of adhering, as glue; adhesive.
  • pasty — of or like paste in consistency, texture, color, etc.
  • adherent — An adherent is someone who holds a particular belief or supports a particular person or group.
  • holding — an act of holding fast by a grasp of the hand or by some other physical means; grasp; grip: Take hold. Do you have a hold on the rope?

noun adhesive

  • glue — a hard, impure, protein gelatin, obtained by boiling skins, hoofs, and other animal substances in water, that when melted or diluted is a strong adhesive.
  • paste — copy and paste
  • gum — Often, gums. Also called gingiva. the firm, fleshy tissue covering the alveolar parts of either jaw and enveloping the necks of the teeth.

Antonyms for adhesive

adj adhesive

  • separated — to keep apart or divide, as by an intervening barrier or space: to separate two fields by a fence.
  • loose — free or released from fastening or attachment: a loose end.
  • open — not closed or barred at the time, as a doorway by a door, a window by a sash, or a gateway by a gate: to leave the windows open at night.
  • attach — If you attach something to an object, you join it or fasten it to the object.

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