Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


No life at all may be taken by him who adheres to Buddhistic teaching.

It also adheres to whales, turtles, and the larger kinds of albacore.

If it adheres to the drum membrane it causes partial deafness.

The First Consul has at heart these two reforms and he adheres to them.

Will you oblige me by informing me if he adheres to his promise?

Rosalind adheres to her policy of keeping Sally out of it as much as possible.

Weber, as "revised and corrected" by Professor Bowen, adheres to 1619.

Stick this in between the toes—the salve that adheres to it will keep it in its place.

The leaf fat, which is the best; and the fat that adheres to the entrails.

The leaf-fat, which is best; and the fat that adheres to the entrails.


1590s, from Middle French adhérer (15c.) or directly from Latin adhaerare "to stick to" (see adherent). Originally often of persons, "to cleave to a leader, cause, party, etc." (cf. adherent, still often used in this sense). Related: Adhered; adhering.