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cleave
as in:  cleave to


The New Testament quotes the Old Testament twice in saying, "Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to this wife, and they become one flesh."
  to hold firmly to something — such as an object, a person or idea
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cleaves cleaving cleave cleaved
Notes:
Ironically, this word can mean to split in two or to hold together.

Note that the past tense of cleave is clove.
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  • The New Testament quotes the Old Testament twice in saying, "Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to this wife, and they become one flesh."
  • Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
    Genesis 2:23 (KJV)
  • And this thy son’s blood cleaving to my blade
    Shakespeare  --  King Henry VI, Part 3
  • whatever I ought to have done, my duty now is plainly to love him and to cleave to him
    Anne Bronte  --  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

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  • We’re going to get to the office and make a call out to the Clave, okay?
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • He struggled against his thirst till his tongue clave to the roof of his mouth; then, no longer able to resist, he called out.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • "Con clave" literally meant "locked with a key."
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • And they laughed, sporting in a circle of their foam: and the bark clave the waves.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • So King Pellinore gave him such a stroke upon the helm that he clave the head down to the chin, that he fell to the earth dead.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Sir Launcelot put his shield afore him, and put the stroke away of the one giant, and with his sword he clave his head asunder.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

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  • So King Pellinore gave him such a stroke upon the helm that he clave the head down to the chin, that he fell to the earth dead.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • Then the lusts of the flesh, the longing for money, and the melancholy of passion all blended themselves into one suffering, and instead of turning her thoughts from it, she clave to it the more, urging herself to pain, and seeking everywhere occasion for it.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • 78:15 He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths.
    The Bible  --  Psalms
  • 1:14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.
    The Bible  --  Ruth
  • 34:3 And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.
    The Bible  --  Genesis
  • And when King Hurlame saw King Labor he dressed this sword, and smote him upon the helm so hard that he clave him and his horse to the earth with the first stroke of his sword.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
  • …were all to be calm, and of course Bert didn’t mean— But really, it was true; they had to be sensible, and how Mr. Arrowsmith could expect to support a wife— The conference lasted till nine-thirty, which, as Mr. Tozer pointed out, was everybody’s bedtime, and except for the five-minute discussion as to whether Miss Ada Quist was to stay to supper, and the debate on the saltiness of this last cornbeef, they clave faithfully to the inquiry as to whether Martin and Leora were engaged.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • The Clave wants to see you.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • If anyone knew about this, we could be reported to the Clave.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • You are an arrow shot directly into the heart of the Clave, Jace.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • I was training with Jace, but then he had to go back to the Institute for some kind of Clave business.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • "Ah!" said Silas, who had now come to understand Dolly’s phraseology, "that was what fell on me like as if it had been red-hot iron; because, you see, there was nobody as cared for me or clave to me above nor below.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • He could come to Idris, but apparently he can’t get into Alicante without permission from the Clave, and they won’t give it.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • She knew that technically she had broken no Laws, but she also knew the Clave was furious at her.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • The Clave owes us protection in these circumstances.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • The Clave’s called every active Clave member who can be spared back to Idris for a massive Council meeting.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Now it was out, and it had rocked the Clave.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • The Clave’s called every active Clave member who can be spared back to Idris for a massive Council meeting.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Shadowhunter blood was dominant, and though the Council didn’t like it, they would accept partDownworlder children into the Clave as long as their skin could tolerate runes.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • "The Clave has its priorities," Alec interrupted.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Live to tell the Clave that Lilith has strengthened me beyond all measure.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • It seems the time has come to notify the Clave.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • And the Clave wants to meet Clarissa.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Clave meeting.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Thou sayest sooth, said Balin, this is not the first despite that thou hast done me, and therefore I will do what I came for, and rose up fiercely and clave his head to the shoulders.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • Thou sayest sooth, said Balin, this is not the first despite that thou hast done me, and therefore I will do what I came for, and rose up fiercely and clave his head to the shoulders.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • The new Council members have made a lot of headway toward convincing the Clave to tolerate this sort of—
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • I hope the Clave can see through it.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • It sounds like someone’s trying to shake up some of the more …. recalcitrant members of the Clave.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • For the Clave it’s about searching for Sebastian.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • But in the end the Clave was clear: The search will be kept up, but right now it’s a waiting game.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • In the meantime it’s third priority for the Clave.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • "We were doing what the Clave wanted us to do before," said Isabelle.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • "The Clave can be like that," Isabelle said.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • At last the Queen said, "You must think us powerful indeed if you believe the Fair Folk can succeed where the Clave has failed."
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • The Clave wants to find Sebastian.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • "But the Clave questioned you," interrupted Simon.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • I know the Clave isn’t terribly pleased, but I’m used to imagining her living her life, not contacting me.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • You know the Clave was investigating her—
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • But I’m Praetor, not Clave.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
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