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English definition of “cleave to sth”

cleave to sth

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verb [I] uk phrasal verb with cleave   /kliːv/ (cleaved or US also clove, cleaved or US also cloven) literary or old use us  
to stick or hold firmly onto something: The ancient ivy cleaved to the ruined castle walls. to continue to believe firmly in something: People in the remote mountain villages still cleave to their old traditions.
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