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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Both women star in the new series, The Kominsky Method, which has already garnered two Golden Globe awards since Netflix released it in 2018. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Is Bringing Back a Major Guest Star Who's Going to Clash With Mike," 8 Mar. 2019 To break the tie, Tyra revealed that Duo Transcend was the act that garnered more votes and, therefore, was going to the finals. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Results From Last Night Have Voices of Hope Fans Devastated," 6 Sep. 2018 But there is a third Chinese company that has grown to be one of the world’s largest phone makers without garnering much publicity. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "China’s Mobile-Phone Giant in Africa," 19 Apr. 2019 In 1966, Fosse and Verdon opened the famed Neil Simon musical Sweet Charity together, with Verdon garnering a Tony nomination for best actress and Fosse for best director. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The True Story of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon's Relationship," 17 Apr. 2019 In many ways Froot was a resounding success, garnering Marina the best reviews of her career and becoming her first top-10 album on American charts. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Marina Is Back and Better Than Ever, Even Without The Diamonds," 5 Apr. 2019 But that's exactly what's happening right now with the Comfy, a Shark Tank sensation that's garnered a near-perfect star rating on Amazon. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "This Crazy Cozy Sweatshirt from ‘Shark Tank’ Has a Perfect Five-Star Rating," 21 Mar. 2019 Unsurprisingly, the promise of free carbonated H2O didn't garner quite the same reaction. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Parisians Aren't Happy About the City's New Open-Air Urinals," 14 Aug. 2018 Even though people haven't been able to vocalize their support for the singer, the post has already garnered more than 601,000 likes, including from fellow Hollywood star Reese Witherspoon. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Pink Slams "Disgusting" Trolls Who Attacked Her Son for Not Wearing a Diaper," 1 Apr. 2019

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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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