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


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 Good Place debuted in 2016 to critical acclaim and has garnered intense love from its fanbase. Ashley Boucher,, "The Good Place Will End with Season 4 This Fall, Creator Michael Schur Announces," 8 June 2019 Despite broad bipartisan support for campaign finance reform, the bill did not garner much support from Republicans., "Campaign contribution limits pass Oregon House," 6 June 2019 It's been less than three years since Tarte added false lashes to its beloved beauty lineup, but in that time, those lashes have garnered a huge following from fans who love having an affordable, glamorous, cruelty-free collection to choose from. Marci Robin, Allure, "Exclusive: Tarte Launches Its First False-Lashes Collaboration With ExteriorGlam’s Foinika Kay," 15 May 2019 The five-minute sketch has since garnered over 1.3 million views on YouTube, and attention from, not surprisingly, The View cast. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Stars Meghan McCain and Joy Behar Speak Out After 'SNL' Skit," 15 Apr. 2019 Pence had also previously signaled openness to $1.6 billion in border security, an offering that garnered pushback from Republicans. Li Zhou, Vox, "Wednesday is day 5 of a partial government shutdown. It could go on for a while.," 26 Dec. 2018 His impressive performances from centre back have garnered attention from multiple clubs, but Barcelona appear to the front runners in the race to sign the 23-year-old., "Sevilla President Insists La Liga Side Will Only Sell Barcelona Target on One Condition," 4 July 2018 Worthington Manor’s par 72 course can stretch to play over 7,000 yards from the back tees and has garnered dozens of accolades and hosted nearly as many United States Golf Association qualifying events over the last two decades. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Worthington Manor Golf Club," 29 June 2018 Curiously, something about Kennedy’s argument must have appealed to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who jumped over to the conservative wing of the court to help him garner his five-justice majority. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "Supreme Court: Forget What We Said Before About Not Having to Pay Sales Tax Online," 21 June 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 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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