gar·​ner | \ ˈgär-nər How to pronounce garner (audio) \
garnered; garnering\ ˈgärn-​riŋ How to pronounce garnering (audio) , 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


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Gar·​ner | \ ˈgär-nər How to pronounce Garner (audio) \

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

Verb 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The series garnered critical acclaim for its searing alternate-reality exploration of race and criminal justice (and superheroes and space villainy). Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Rep. Ayanna Pressley, bald and beautiful, discusses life with alopecia," 18 Jan. 2020 In addition to rave reviews the series garnered a number of accolades, including a spot on the American Film Institute's list of the top TV programs of 2019. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Watchmen' likely to end after producer Damon Lindelof passes on more," 16 Jan. 2020 Hernandez was also garnering a reputation for drug use, which made NFL teams wary of recruiting him. NBC News, "Aaron Hernandez Netflix documentary looks at how he became a killer," 15 Jan. 2020 The latest Democratic primary debate, hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register, garnered just over 7 million viewers. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "CNN debate draws just 7 million viewers as 2020 ratings slump," 15 Jan. 2020 The Crusaders garnered most of the first-place votes and have home games this week Tuesday and Friday against Huber Heights Wayne and Elder, respectively. Scott Springer,, "Moeller tops in Ohio AP Division I high school basketball poll; La Salle No. 6," 13 Jan. 2020 The boozy benefit garnered broad, bipartisan backing, but supporters were unable to pass it as a stand-alone measure. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "‘Last-minute save’: Texas makers of beer, wine and spirits raise a glass to Congress for extending valuable tax break," 13 Jan. 2020 Sanders’s début album, recorded in 1964 for the ESP label, garnered little attention, but his playing caught the ear of John Coltrane. Nathaniel Friedman, The New Yorker, "“If You’re in the Song, Keep on Playing”: An Interview With Pharoah Sanders," 12 Jan. 2020 Henderson garnered extra defensive attention and was held without a field goal in the second half, but fellow Brockton resident Ta’Quan Williams had his back. Nate Weitzer,, "Catholic Memorial wins, but Malden Catholic makes statement," 10 Jan. 2020

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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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“Garner.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce garner (audio) \
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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