1. phrasal verb If you stick to something or someone when you are travelling, you stay close to them. [V P n] ⇒ There are interesting hikes inland, but most ramblers stick to the clifftops. [V P n] ⇒ Stick to well-lit roads. 2. phrasal verb If you stick to something, you continue doing, using, saying, or talking about it, rather than changing to something else. [V P n] ⇒ Perhaps he should have stuck to writing. [V P n] ⇒ Lionel, you just tell the cops what you saw; stick to your story. 3. phrasal verb If you stick to a promise, agreement, decision, or principle, you do what you said you would do, or do not change your mind. [V P n] ⇒ Immigrant support groups are waiting to see if he sticks to his word. [V P n] ⇒ She made it clear the government would stick to its policies despite union militancy. [V P n] ⇒ But one problem is that few people can stick to a diet for long. 5. phrasal verb → stick If you stick to rules, you do what they say you must do. [V P n] ⇒ Obviously we are disappointed but the committee could do nothing less than stick to the rules. [V P n] ⇒ Police must stick to the highest standards if they are to win back public confidence.
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