Definition of garner
garneringplay \ˈgärn-riŋ, ˈgär-nə-\
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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.
Did You Know?
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."
Origin and Etymology of garner
Middle English (Scots), from Middle English gerner, garner granary, from Anglo-French gerner, grenier, from Latin granarium, from granum grain — more at corn
First Known Use: 14th century
Definition of Garner
John Nance 1868–1967 American politician; vice president of the U.S. (1933–41)
GARNER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of garner for English Language Learners
: to collect or gather (something)
: to get or receive (something wanted or valued)
GARNER Defined for Kids
Definition of garner for Students
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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