verb gath·er \ˈga-thər also ˈge-\

: 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

gath·eredgath·er·ing \ˈgath-riŋ, ˈga-thə-\

Full Definition of GATHER

transitive verb
:  to bring together :  collect <tried to gather a crowd> <gathered firewood>
a :  pick, harvest <gather flowers>
b :  to pick up or amass as if by harvesting <gathering ideas for the project>
c :  to scoop up or take up from a resting place <gathered the child up in his arms>
:  to serve as an attraction for :  accumulate <books gathering dust>
:  to effect the collection of <gather contributions>
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>
:  to reach a conclusion often intuitively from hints or through inferences <I gather that you want to leave>
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>
intransitive verb
a :  to come together in a body
b :  to cluster around a focus of attraction
a :  to swell and fill with pus
b :  grow, increase <the gathering crisis>
gath·er·er \-thər-ər\ noun

Examples of GATHER

  1. Give me just a minute to gather my things and then we can leave.
  2. The coach gathered her players together.
  3. She gathered her hair into a ponytail.
  4. The child was gathering flowers to give to his mother.
  5. The police are continuing to gather evidence relating to the crime.
  6. Volunteers have been gathering contributions for the new library.
  7. A crowd began to gather on the sidewalk.
  8. The players gathered together to hear the coach's game plan.
  9. The bicyclists gathered speed as they went downhill.

Origin 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

gather, collect, assemble, congregate mean to come or bring together into a group, mass, or unit. gather is the most general term for bringing or coming together from a spread-out or scattered state <a crowd quickly gathered>. collect often implies careful selection or orderly arrangement <collected books on gardening>. assemble implies an ordered union or organization of persons or things often for a definite purpose <experts assembled for a conference>. congregate implies a spontaneous flocking together into a crowd or huddle <congregating under a shelter>.
synonyms see in addition infer



: a fold formed when cloth is pulled together

Full Definition of GATHER

:  something gathered: as
a :  a puckering in cloth made by gathering
b :  a mass of molten glass collected for use in glassblowing
:  an act or instance of gathering

First Known Use of GATHER


Other Handicraft Terms

biscuit, darn, tambour, wrought

Rhymes with GATHER

GATHERER Defined for Kids


verb gath·er \ˈga-thər\

Definition of GATHER for Kids

:  to pick up and collect <They gathered wood for the fire.>
:  to choose and collect <gather fruit> <I'm gathering facts for my report.>
:  to come together in a group or around a center of attraction <A crowd gathered on the sidewalk.>
:  to gain little by little <gather speed>
:  to bring or call forth (as strength or courage) from within
:  to get an idea :  conclude <I gather you don't agree.>
:  to draw together in or as if in folds <She gathered her cloak about her.>

Synonym Discussion of GATHER

gather, collect, and assemble mean to come or bring together. gather is used for the coming or bringing together of different kinds of things. <They gathered all the goods in the house and sold them.> collect is used for a careful or orderly gathering of things that are often of one kind. <It's fun to collect coins.> assemble is used for a gathering of units into an orderly whole. <The choir assembled and started to sing.>



Definition of GATHER for Kids

:  the result of gathering cloth :  pucker
Medical Dictionary


intransitive verb gath·er \ˈgath-ər, ˈgeth-\
gath·eredgath·er·ing \-(ə-)riŋ\

Medical Definition of GATHER

:  to swell and fill with pus <the boil is gathering>


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