To cling, adhere or stickfast to something; used with to or unto. (verb)
Flat, smooth surface produced by cleavage, or any similar surface produced by similar techniques, as in glass. (noun)
Examples of word cleave
The word "occupy" is a bit like the word "cleave," which, as Alan Watts was fond of pointing out, has two meanings, one of which is the precise opposite of the other.
Like the word "cleave," there are two meanings involved in the word "occupy," one of which is the exact opposite of the other.
The word cleave denotes a union of the firmest kind.
Greenberg, while seeing no hint of an erotic bond in this story, sees the word cleave in Ruth 1: 14, and the similarity of Ruth's forceful language in expressing the willingness to stay, as indicating an "erotic pull."