gar·​ner | \ ˈgär-nər How to pronounce garner (audio) \
garnered; garnering\ ˈgärn-​riŋ How to pronounce garner (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 Similar legislation has been unsuccessful in past years, but has continued to garner more support with every session. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "More than 75 bills are related to the environment this session. Here are ones we’re following.," 2 Feb. 2021 Texas is second in the Big 12 title race to Baylor and well-positioned to potentially garner a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Texas coach Shaka Smart tests positive for COVID-19," 25 Jan. 2021 The package will be narrowly tailored in an effort to garner GOP support, according to multiple people briefed on its contents, with an overall price tag below $2 trillion. Washington Post, "Biden to unveil emergency coronavirus plan, with major focus on vaccines," 8 Jan. 2021 Also Monday, House Democrats were seeking to garner support to censure the president, whose term ends on Jan. 20 with Biden’s inauguration. Tim Darnell, ajc, "UPDATE: Dems seeking Trump censure, FBI probe into president’s Ga. call," 4 Jan. 2021 The project was fortunate to garner support from both Democratic and Republican governors. Will Coviello,, "'Museum Town' looks at MASS MoCA's effort to bring contemporary art to a small town," 28 Dec. 2020 Brown, also the chairwoman of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, is likely to garner institutional support from party bigwigs, including Fudge. cleveland, "Shontel Brown, Jeff Johnson announce bids, Nina Turner files paperwork for Marcia Fudge’s seat as list of potential candidates balloons," 10 Dec. 2020 These claims of censorship are usually clearly, demonstrably false, mostly made to garner political support. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "What is Parler, and why is everyone suddenly talking about it?," 12 Nov. 2020 With a tightening race and just hours left in the tumultuous campaign cycle, the Trump campaign has been running ads in Pennsylvania and across the country trying to garner Black male support. Haley Ott, CBS News, "Pivotal states too close to call as race hangs in the balance," 4 Nov. 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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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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