gar·​ner | \ˈgär-nər \
garnered; garnering\ ˈgärn-​riŋ , ˈgär-​nə-​ \

Definition of garner 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to gather into storage

b : to deposit as if in a granary volumes in which he has garnered the fruits of his lifetime labors— Reinhold Niebuhr

2a : to acquire by effort : earn garnered much praise for his fundraising

b : accumulate, collect


biographical name
Gar·​ner | \ˈgär-nər \

Definition of Garner (Entry 2 of 2)

John Nance 1868–1967 American politician; vice president of the U.S. (1933–41)

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What do you call a building in which grain is stored? These days, English speakers are most likely to call it a granary, but there was a time when the noun garner was also a likely candidate. That noun, which can also mean "something that is collected," dates from the 12th century. The verb garner joined the language two centuries later. The verb was once commonly used with the meaning "to gather into a granary," but today it usually means "to earn" or "to accumulate." The noun garner is uncommon in contemporary use; it is now found mainly in older literary contexts, such as these lines of verse from Sir Walter Scott's "The Bride of Lammermoor": "Or, from the garner-door, on ether borne, / The chaff flies devious from the winnow'd corn."

Examples of garner in a Sentence


She garnered more evidence to support her theory. The senator has spent much time garnering financial support for his upcoming campaign. The novel has garnered much praise and several awards.
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The Secure Elections Act, which aims to help states and the federal government share information about election cyber threats, is garnering broad bipartisan support in the Senate and is sponsored by Sens. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: House Democrats list states with weakest election security in new report," 13 July 2018 The film is garnering positive reviews and the audience went wild with laughter, gasps and applause all throughout the film. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "The 'Mission Impossible — Fallout' Cast on How Paris Inspired the Latest Action-Packed Installment," 13 July 2018 The young Frenchman has done exactly that this summer and is now garnering interest from just about everywhere., "Bayern Munich & Borussia Dortmund Join RB Leipzig in Race for Surprise France World Cup Star," 3 July 2018 Baloxavir marboxil is garnering attention in part because of its timing. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "This novel, one-and-done flu drug could be available soon in the US," 27 June 2018 The crisis is garnering round-the-clock television news coverage, with journalists reporting about their first glimpses at the concrete-floor and metal-cage conditions of the detention centers. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump defiant as crisis grows over family separation at the border," 19 June 2018 The Austin Chalk, a vast underground ribbon of rock along the Gulf Coast, is garnering new attention this year, with drillers including ConocoPhillips and EOG Resources Inc. trumpeting efforts in an area the industry largely wrote off 20 years ago. Alex Nussbaum, Houston Chronicle, "Aging oil play getting new life," 15 June 2018 Orange Is the New Black Orange Is the New Black is one of the most diverse TV shows running right now, and one of its most impressive accomplishments is garnering Laverne Cox an Emmy nomination in 2014. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "13 TV Shows That Changed Everything for LGBTQ+ Representation," 1 June 2018 And while farewell tours are not a trend specific to this summer, Paul Simon, Ozzy Osbourne, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Slayer and Anita Baker's goodbye dates are all garnering serious interest on the service. Monica Mercuri, Billboard, "Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran Dominate StubHub's Top Summer Tours of 2018: Exclusive," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of garner


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for garner


Middle English (Scots), from Middle English gerner, garner granary, from Anglo-French gerner, grenier, from Latin granarium, from granum grain — more at corn

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English Language Learners Definition of garner

: to collect or gather (something)

: to get or receive (something wanted or valued)


gar·​ner | \ˈgär-nər \
garnered; garnering

Kids Definition of garner

1 : to collect or gather The scientist garnered more evidence to support his theory.

2 : to acquire or earn The band garnered a large following.

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