stick to


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stick to

vb (preposition, mainly intr)
1. (also tr) to adhere or cause to adhere to
2. to continue constantly at
3. to remain faithful to
4. not to move or digress from: the speaker stuck closely to his subject.
5. stick to someone's fingers informal to be stolen by someone
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.stick to - stick to firmlystick to - stick to firmly; "Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?"
bind - form a chemical bond with; "The hydrogen binds the oxygen"
cling, cohere, adhere, cleave, stick - come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation; "The dress clings to her body"; "The label stuck to the box"; "The sushi rice grains cohere"
attach - become attached; "The spider's thread attached to the window sill"
2.stick to - keep to; "Stick to your principles"; "stick to the diet"
hang in, persevere, persist, hang on, hold on - be persistent, refuse to stop; "he persisted to call me every night"; "The child persisted and kept asking questions"
abide by, comply, follow - act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes; "He complied with my instructions"; "You must comply or else!"; "Follow these simple rules"; "abide by the rules"
Translations

w>stick to

vi +prep obj
(= adhere to)bleiben bei; (= remain faithful to) principles etctreu bleiben (+dat); (= follow) rules, timetable, plan, policy, dietsich halten an (+acc)
the photographers stuck to her wherever she wentdie Fotografen hefteten sich ihr überall an die Fersen
(= persist with) taskbleiben an (+dat); to stick to one’s knitting (fig)bei seinem Leisten bleiben
References in classic literature ?
They asked him how he had come to the conclusion that the ten crowns were in the cane; he replied, that observing how the old man who swore gave the stick to his opponent while he was taking the oath, and swore that he had really and truly given him the crowns, and how as soon as he had done swearing he asked for the stick again, it came into his head that the sum demanded must be inside it; and from this he said it might be seen that God sometimes guides those who govern in their judgments, even though they may be fools; besides he had himself heard the curate of his village mention just such another case, and he had so good a memory, that if it was not that he forgot everything he wished to remember, there would not be such a memory in all the island.
Not while I have a stout stick to thwack your saucy bones
Now, mine own heart's darling," quoth Mother Rigby, "whatever may happen to thee, thou must stick to thy pipe.
You've got as much money to waste as any of 'em, and yet you stick to what's decent and moderate.
Andrews in Fife, England, and his colleagues trained a high-ranking female in each of two chimpanzee groups to use a stick to release a food pellet from a ramp in a rectangular box.
2 WHEN YOU INSTALL THE SECOND END STICK, ATTACH ONE SIDE OF THE STICK TO THE FRAME.
For above-ground nests, the chimps used the lighter stick to poke holes in the dirt.