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

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 The wholesale banking business, while slightly weaker than in the June quarter, nevertheless garnered four times as much in income as a year earlier. Nisha Gopalan And Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Nomura Could Use a Fresh Twist on an Old Story," 29 Oct. 2019 But as Hurst's rant has garnered national traction, leadership in Sevier and its surrounding jurisdictions have emphasized that the commissioner's views do not align with others in local government. The Washington Post, oregonlive, "Local lawmaker in Tennessee says he’s not prejudiced, but ‘a white male in this country has very few rights’," 22 Oct. 2019 Teams taking Tyler Boyd out the game While Tyler Boyd garnered most of the attention, Alex Erickson had the game of his life, mostly in two quarters. Tyler Dragon,, "What we learned: Cincinnati Bengals now 0-7 after losing to Jacksonville Jaguars," 20 Oct. 2019 While the discussion of the Bidens will undoubtedly garner the most attention, the rest of the summary transcription is arguably more damning. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Donald Trump, Sitting Duck," 25 Sep. 2019 The first two pics were nominated for Academy Awards for best animated features, while the original also garnered a nom for best original score. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "'How to Train Your Dragon' Filmmaker Dean DeBlois Tackling 'Micronauts' for Paramount, Hasbro (Exclusive)," 23 Sep. 2019 While such a measure may garner more support from Republicans this time around, background checks that apply only to commercial sales are seen by many Democrats as falling far short of what's needed to stem gun violence. Sara Cook And Paula Reid, CBS News, "Trump won't back universal background checks as gun talks continue," 18 Sep. 2019 The hefty fruits net only about $18 a carton, while normal-sized lemons can garner $30. Los Angeles Times, "It rained so much in California, this year’s lemons are gigantic," 29 Aug. 2019 Other shoppers seem to agree, as the innovative workout garment has garnered hundreds of positive reviews on the Outdoor Voices site. Christie Calucchia,, "I Tried the Outdoor Voices Exercise Dress That Sold Out in Just One Week—and I Actually Liked It," 20 Aug. 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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