Simple Definition of gather
: to bring (things or people) together into a group
: to choose and collect (things)
: to get or take (things) from different people or places and bring them together
Full Definition of gather
gatheringplay \ˈgath-riŋ, ˈga-thə-\
1 : to bring together : collect <tried to gather a crowd> <gathered firewood>
3 : to serve as an attraction for : accumulate <books gathering dust>
4 : to effect the collection of <gather contributions>
5 a : to summon up <gathered his courage> b : to gain by gradual increase <gather speed> c : to prepare (as oneself) by mustering strength d : to gain or regain control of <gathered his wits>
6 : to reach a conclusion often intuitively from hints or through inferences <I gather that you want to leave>
7 a : to pull (fabric) along a line of stitching so as to draw into puckers b : to draw about or close to something <gathering her cloak about her> c : to bring together the parts of <gathered her hair into a ponytail> d : to assemble (the signatures of a book) in sequence for binding e : to haul in <the sailors gathered the sails>
1 a : to come together in a body b : to cluster around a focus of attraction
gathererplay \-thər-ər\ noun
Examples of gather in a sentence
Give me just a minute to gather my things and then we can leave.
The coach gathered her players together.
She gathered her hair into a ponytail.
The child was gathering flowers to give to his mother.
The police are continuing to gather evidence relating to the crime.
Volunteers have been gathering contributions for the new library.
A crowd began to gather on the sidewalk.
The players gathered together to hear the coach's game plan.
The bicyclists gathered speed as they went downhill.
Origin and Etymology of gather
Middle English gaderen, from Old English gaderian; akin to Middle High German gadern to unite — more at good
First Known Use: before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of gather
synonyms see in addition infer
Simple Definition of gather
: a fold formed when cloth is pulled together
First Known Use of gather
Rhymes with gather
blather, Cather, lather, rather, slather
GATHER Defined for Kids
Definition of gather for Students
1 : to pick up and collect <They gathered wood for the fire.>
2 : to choose and collect <gather fruit> <I'm gathering facts for my report.>
3 : to come together in a group or around a center of attraction <A crowd gathered on the sidewalk.>
4 : to gain little by little <gather speed>
5 : to bring or call forth (as strength or courage) from within
6 : to get an idea : conclude <I gather you don't agree.>
7 : to draw together in or as if in folds <She gathered her cloak about her.>
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