gather


gather

verb

Definition of GATHER

1
to bring together in one body or place <he gathered the leftovers from the table and gave them to the dog> <let's gather the students and have them line up on the playground before going in from recess>
Phrases get together
2
to catch or collect (a crop or natural resource) for human use <late summer is when we gather the tomatoes and begin canning them for the winter>
Synonyms gather, pick, reap
Near Antonyms plant, seed, sow
3
to come together into one body or place <a crowd gathered around the street musician> <ask the faculty to gather in the lounge for the meeting>
Antonyms break up, disband, disperse, split (up)
4
to form an opinion or reach a conclusion through reasoning and information <I gather that, since you are back so early, she didn't want to see you?>
5
to gradually form into a layer, pile, or mass <the newspapers that had been allowed to gather on the front doorstep told thieves that the family was away on vacation>
Related Words agglutinate, clump, lump; bank, drift, ridge
Near Antonyms disperse, dissipate, scatter
6
to gradually increase in <the movement gathered force as election day neared>
Synonyms build up, gather, grow (in), pick up
Near Antonyms abate, decline (in), diminish (in), dip, dwindle, fall (in), lessen, taper, taper off
Antonyms decrease (in), lose
7
to call into being through the use of one's inner resources or powers <gathered the strength to finish the marathon>
Synonyms conjure (up), gather, get up
Related Words educe, elicit, evoke, raise

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