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adhere to

1. To stick to a surface. The masking tape was so old that it would no longer adhere to anything.
2. To follow a plan, belief system, or course of action. If I don't adhere to a strict routine during the workweek, I usually start feeling stressed. I'm not serving pork at the dinner party because I know Richard adheres to a Kosher diet.
3. To believe in a particular idea or concept. He adheres to the belief that working long hours and staying late at the office is the only way to get promoted.

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

v.
1. To stick or cling to the surface of something: After the fire, soot and smoke adhered to the walls.
2. To follow some law, set of beliefs, or course of action: Let's adhere to the plan we already discussed. You need to adhere to our rules very strictly if you want to join our organization.
3. To believe that some idea is true or right: Although some people are skeptical, most people adhere to the notion that our changing climate is a serious problem.
References in classic literature ?
On letting it go he observed that a portion of it adhered to his fingers, and running to a brook in great alarm he proceeded to wash it off.
The advocates for the stage have, in all ages, made this the great argument to persuade people that their plays are useful, and that they ought to be allowed in the most civilised and in the most religious government; namely, that they are applied to virtuous purposes, and that by the most lively representations, they fail not to recommend virtue and generous principles, and to discourage and expose all sorts of vice and corruption of manners; and were it true that they did so, and that they constantly adhered to that rule, as the test of their acting on the theatre, much might be said in their favour.
Throughout the infinite variety of this book, this fundamental is most strictly adhered to; there is not a wicked action in any part of it, but is first and last rendered unhappy and unfortunate; there is not a superlative villain brought upon the stage, but either he is brought to an unhappy end, or brought to be a penitent; there is not an ill thing mentioned but it is condemned, even in the relation, nor a virtuous, just thing but it carries its praise along with it.
Those who had concurred in the challenge adhered to his party of course, excepting only Ralph de Vipont, whom his fall had rendered unfit so soon to put on his armour.
But Prince John adhered to his own opinion, on the ground that the Disinherited Knight and his party had lost the day, but for the powerful assistance of the Knight of the Black Armour, to whom, therefore, he persisted in awarding the prize.
There existed between him and the old church so profound an instinctive sympathy, so many magnetic affinities, so many material affinities, that he adhered to it somewhat as a tortoise adheres to its shell.
And to make time to get through all that lay before him every day, he adhered to the strictest punctuality.
"If the US violates this agreement… you will see that America will regret this decision," he said adding his country had always adhered to contracts deals so long as other party did not violate the contract.
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Researchers examined medical records of 20,721 healthy men, ages 45 to 79, and assessed whether they adhered to five healthful lifestyle factors: a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, low-fat dairy, and whole grains; no smoking; consuming alcohol in moderation (about one drink a day); waist circumference less than about 37 inches; and regular exercise (walking/biking at least 40 minutes a day).
Researchers further categorized the data, based on the degree to which women said they adhered to the ACS guidelines.
Morocco has always been respectful of the non-proliferation treaties and has adhered to Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials as well as other agreements, Benkhadra told MAP following her participation in the two-day Washington summit.
Farmers wishing to carry out controlled burning must adhere to the regulations which stipulates that advance notice of an intended burn must be given to neighbours and that a burning management plan must be prepared and adhered to. It is illegal to leave a fire unattended or to have too few people to control it.
Why do we have to tolerate this type of behaviour in our country, thereby lowering the high standards we have always adhered to over many decades?
1 : to stick tight : cling <The stamps adhered to the envelope.>