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stick 1 Stick, adhere, cohere, cling, cleave can mean to be or become closely, firmly, or indissolubly attached.
Stick implies attachment by affixing; one thing or a person sticks to another, or things or persons stick together when they are literally or figuratively glued together and can be separated only by tearing or forcing apart
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the stamp sticks to the envelope

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by sticking together they gained their objective

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marriage . . . was nothing more than a token that a couple intended to stick to each other— F. M. Ford

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whether . . . there will be anyone so beyond suspicion that no slander can stick to him— Davis

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I'm the celestial drudge . . . and I stick to my work till I drop at it— Gilbert

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When referred to things, adhere is interchangeable with stick
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the mud adhered to their shoes

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It is narrower in idiomatic range than stick but is the usual term when the attachment results from growth of parts normally distinct or separate
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abdominal tissues sometimes adhere after an operation

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When referred to persons, adhere usually implies deliberate or voluntary acceptance (as of the creed of a church, the platform of a political party, or the doctrines of a philosopher)
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he believes passionately that India will adhere to her traditional democracy if it can be made to work— Jerome Ellison

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he liked a certain order in his life; when he had made a plan he liked to adhere to it— Sackville-West

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the then current fashion, which royal ladies have adhered to ever since— Rose Macaulay

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Cohere takes for its subject a collective singular or a plural noun that names things that stick together to produce a mass, a body, or a unified whole
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the dry ingredients of a cake cohere only when liquid is added

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did not the whole composition cohere, were its unity broken, it would not be one picture or one quartet— Edman

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passing his hand over his cool forehead, he closed his eyes. The sounds cohered as in delirium— Stafford

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But occasionally when the notion of producing a unified whole is to be stressed cohere may replace stick or adhere
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the necessity that he shall conform, that he shall cohere—T. S. Eliot

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with weariness, anger, and disappointment I passed out and fell with my heavy musket... to the floor. Arms and the man did not cohereLovett

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Cling usually implies attachment by hanging on (as by the arms, by roots, or by tendrils) and may suggest, often strongly, a need of support in one that clings
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cling to a capsized boat

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the vine clings to the wall

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man whose breeches clung to his bony legs as if he'd been wading waist-high in a river— Kenneth Roberts

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In its extended use cling may add to the suggestion of need of support one of dependence
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she clung to her father and mother even after her marriage

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but at other times it suggests tenacity in holding on to something possessed, believed, or used
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clung to the superstitions of his childhood

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clung stubbornly to their hopes of being saved at the last minute by a miracle— Shirer

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Cleave implies closeness and strength of attachment; when applied to persons, it commonly suggests depth of devotion and fidelity in affection
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my tongue cleave to my roof within my mouth, unless a pardon ere I rise or speak— Shak.

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he remains ... for more essential reasons than mere responsibility. Even if there were no children, he would probably cleave to her— Mailer

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Analogous words: *tie, bind: attach, *fasten, affix, fix: *implant
Contrasted words: sever, sunder, part, divide, *separate: *detach, disengage
2 stickle, balk, shy, boggle, *demur, scruple, jib, strain

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