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 left-handed outfielder, who has garnered rave reviews this summer by pro scouts, is one of eight prep baseball players taking part in Sunday’s high school home run derby at Nationals Park. J.c. Carnahan,, "Hagerty’s Riley Greene swinging for fence in high school home run derby," 14 July 2018 The series won 15 Emmys and garnered 69 Emmy nominations; its finale drew about 9.6 million viewers. Amanda Svachula, New York Times, "‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Is on the Way," 13 July 2018 The 2018 Emmy nominations were announced Thursday morning, and while Netflix garnered more nods than any other outlet with 112, diversity was the big winner among the acting talent. Anita Bennett, Fortune, "Diversity Takes Center Stage at 2018 Emmy Nominations," 12 July 2018 Although the long-running comedy has largely fallen out of critical favor, it's still been a perennial Emmy nominee, garnering 81 nods and 22 wins. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Emmy nominations 2018: The most shocking snubs," 12 July 2018 Originally dubbed #DoTheShiggy on Instagram, the challenge has garnered more than 2.3 million tweets, specifically dedicated to the #kikichallenge, #DoTheShiggy, and terms like Kiki and Keke, Twitter reports. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Drake's 'In My Feelings' Challenge Has Spawned More Than 2.3 Million Tweets," 12 July 2018 Providing resources to local businesses can earn a town five points, but promoting local retailers can garner a town up to 30 points. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Putnam Registers To Participate In Sustainable CT," 11 July 2018 When her works garner huge success, Colette strives to break out of the literal and metaphorical confines her abusive husband yields upon her. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Colette' Trailer: Keira Knightley Fights for Literary Ownership in Feminist Period Drama," 11 July 2018 Footage from the scene as police destroyed the site garnered national attention. Aubrey Nagle,, "ICE protester sues Philly police, young Pa. farmers shake up industry | Morning Newsletter," 11 July 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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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