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


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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 polling threshold involves garnering at least 1% in three separate national and early-state polls prior to the debates. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "DNC Says First 2 Primary Debates Could Have Up to 20 Presidential Contenders," 14 Feb. 2019 The fact that this bill has garnered so much momentum is a major credit to the sustained #MeToo movement and a shifting office culture on the issue, the aide said. Li Zhou, Vox, "Congress’s recently passed sexual harassment bill, explained," 20 Dec. 2018 Facebook once sought to cultivate the type of mystique garnered by Google’s X lab and its skunkworks projects, which have produced legitimate ventures including its self-driving unit, Waymo. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Facebook fractures its secretive hardware division," 14 Dec. 2018 Limited edition colors and collaborations with celebs like Karlie Kloss and Dwyane Wade garner immense waitlists, and travel influencers boomerang their latest purchases on Instagram, encouraging their followers to join the club. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Everyone Wants an Away Suitcase," 26 Nov. 2018 Scott was surprised when DeSantis, a Republican former congressman from the Daytona Beach area running for governor, garnered more votes than a two-term governor, said one Republican familiar with the party’s strategy discussions. Sean Sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Republicans fan unfounded worries about voter fraud in Florida, other close contests," 12 Nov. 2018 But taking a creative risk can garner you loads of attention, as well as helping to fatten your bottom line. Rob Weinberg, Pomerado News, "Must trade shows be boring?," 12 July 2018 The nominations for the 2018 Emmy Awards were announced on Thursday (July 12), with Atlanta and The Handmaid's Tale garnering multiple nods, and streaming service Netflix taking a lead in total nominations with 112 to HBO's 108. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Emmys 2018: See the Complete List of Nominees," 12 July 2018 However, their mission paid off (the pride scarf has sold out three times already), and even helped garner a large customer base that includes white women, who are currently featured on their Instagram page. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "MOGA Creative Director Explains Their No White Models Policy," 17 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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