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adhere to something

 
1. Lit. to stick to something. The stamp won't adhere to the envelope.
2. Fig. to follow or "stick to" a particular course of action, plan, or set of beliefs. If you don't adhere to the proper routine, you will confuse the other workers.

adhere to something

(slightly formal)
to behave in a way demanded by an idea or rule Housing groups that do not adhere to the new fire regulations may lose government money. He followed no specific religion, but adhered to the basic beliefs of Christianity.
Related vocabulary: abide by something
References in classic literature ?
Yet even in beginners, to adhere so moderately, as he be a man of the one faction, which is most passable with the other, commonly giveth best way.
These insects adhere to one another sometimes for several leagues.
For generations they have not numbered more than one or two hundred, but they still adhere to their ancient faith and maintain their ancient rites and ceremonies.