gather

verb
gath·​er | \ ˈga-t͟hər also ˈge- How to pronounce gather (audio) \
gathered; gathering\ ˈgat͟h-​riŋ How to pronounce gathering (audio) , ˈga-​t͟hə-​ \

Definition of gather

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bring together : collect tried to gather a crowd gathered firewood
2a : pick, harvest gather flowers
b : to pick up or amass as if by harvesting gathering ideas for the project
c : to scoop up or take up from a resting place gathered the child up in his arms
3 : to serve as an attraction for : accumulate books gathering dust
4 : to effect the collection of gather contributions
5a : to summon up gathered his courage
b : to gain by gradual increase gather speed
c : to prepare (oneself) by mustering strength
d : to gain or regain control of gathered his wits
6 : to reach a conclusion often intuitively from hints or through inferences I gather that you want to leave
7a : to pull (fabric) along a line of stitching so as to draw into puckers
b : to draw about or close to something gathering her cloak about her
c : to bring together the parts of gathered her hair into a ponytail
d : to assemble (the signatures of a book) in sequence for binding
e : to haul in the sailors gathered the sails

intransitive verb

1a : to come together in a body
b : to cluster around a focus of attraction
2a : to swell and fill with pus
b : grow, increase the gathering crisis

gather

noun

Definition of gather (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something brought together: such as
a : a puckering in cloth made by gathering (see gather entry 1 sense 7a)
b : a mass of molten glass collected for use in glassblowing
2 : an act or instance of bringing together

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Other Words from gather

Verb

gatherer \ ˈga-​t͟hər-​ər How to pronounce gatherer (audio) also  ˈge-​ \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for gather

Verb

gather, collect, assemble, congregate mean to come or bring together into a group, mass, or unit. gather is the most general term for bringing or coming together from a spread-out or scattered state. a crowd quickly gathered collect often implies careful selection or orderly arrangement. collected books on gardening assemble implies an ordered union or organization of persons or things often for a definite purpose. experts assembled for a conference congregate implies a spontaneous flocking together into a crowd or huddle. congregating under a shelter

synonyms see in addition infer

Verb

gather, collect, and assemble mean to come or bring together. gather is used for the coming or bringing together of different kinds of things. They gathered all the goods in the house and sold them. collect is used for a careful or orderly gathering of things that are often of one kind. It's fun to collect coins. assemble is used for a gathering of units into an orderly whole. The choir assembled and started to sing.

Examples of gather in a Sentence

Verb

Give me just a minute to gather my things and then we can leave. The coach gathered her players together. She gathered her hair into a ponytail. The child was gathering flowers to give to his mother. The police are continuing to gather evidence relating to the crime. Volunteers have been gathering contributions for the new library. A crowd began to gather on the sidewalk. The players gathered together to hear the coach's game plan. The bicyclists gathered speed as they went downhill.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

An hour later, the Alteñas are gathered in the foyer of a quinceañera venue, tuning instruments and strumming strings. Harper Smith, Allure, "The Beauty Secrets of Mariachi Las Alteñas, an All-Female Mariachi Band in the Heart of Texas," 13 Nov. 2018 Since each character has unique abilities, being able to access a wide range during free play is vital to uncovering secrets and gathering collectibles. Sarah Leboeuf, Ars Technica, "LEGO DC Super-Villains," 22 Oct. 2018 After returning to the camp, the group gathered around a fire as if in a Marlboro ad. Guy Trebay, Condé Nast Traveler, "In the Heart of Navajo Lands," 19 Oct. 2018 Family members gathered outside the home Friday morning to pray for the victim and grieve his loss. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "Violent night in NW Atlanta ends with deadly shootout," 13 July 2018 The crowd, which numbered 10,000, according to the Columbus Dispatch, gathered outside the Ohio statehouse. Edward Mckinley, kansascity, "KC union retirees join rally in Ohio for pension fix — or is it a bailout?," 13 July 2018 Inside? Dems and Republicans do things a little differently, but the process starts the same for both: A group gathers to discuss the candidates. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "How Is a Caucus Different From a Primary? Your Definitive Guide," 28 Feb. 2019 After being greeted upon their arrival, the duchess said hello to a few well-wishers gathered on-site. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Stuns in a Red Carolina Herrera Coat for a Surprise Trip to Ireland with Prince William," 27 Feb. 2019 Google Flights is a search engine that gathers fares from other travel sites. Jill Fergus, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Sites and Apps for Finding Last-Minute Travel Deals," 26 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Every year, a commemorative march is held in which thousands of students, activists, and survivors of the massacre gather at the Tlatelolco plaza and march toward downtown Mexico City. Andalusia Knoll, Teen Vogue, "What to Know About the 1968 Tlatelolco Plaza Student Massacre," 2 Oct. 2018 And while the reality star with more than 77 million follows gathers thousands of comments a day on her posts, fans were surprised to see that Thompson was one of the many Instagram commentors. Fox News, "Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson trolled by fans for lovable Instagram exchange," 1 Aug. 2018 After a brief delay, the gather expands like a bubble of lava. C.j. Chivers, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Man Glassblowing These Gorgeous Retro Fishing Lures," 26 Apr. 2016 The most alarming information gather by the NTSB relates to the weather conditions at the time of the accident. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Doomed duck boat set out in near-hurricane winds: NTSB," 21 July 2018 In 2010, more Bard students helped digitize them as well as gather testimonials from past participants, which were posted on Joanie4Jackie.com. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Miranda July Talks #MeToo, Tech, and Joanie4Jackie," 16 Oct. 2018 FILe - In this June 1, 2017, file photo, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for an official group portrait to include new Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, top row, far right at the Supreme Court Building in Washington. Washington Post, "Analysis: GOP’s long-term Supreme Court strategy pays off," 29 June 2018 Members of the #RedForEd movement gather at the state Capitol as lawmakers push through a budget that includes teacher pay raises. Ricardo Cano, azcentral, "In aftermath of #RedForEd walkout, Arizona teachers vow to continue political activism," 6 May 2018 Governor Charlie Baker holds a commanding 40-point lead over both Democrats vying to face him in November’s election, according to a new WBUR/MassINC poll released just hours before some 6,200 of the party faithful gather in Worcester. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "Baker and Warren hold big leads over their respective rivals in new poll," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of gather

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gather

Verb

Middle English gaderen, from Old English gaderian; akin to Middle High German gadern to unite — more at good

Noun

derivative of gather entry 1

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gather

verb

English Language Learners Definition of gather

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to bring (things or people) together into a group
: to choose and collect (things)
: to get or take (things) from different people or places and bring them together

gather

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gather (Entry 2 of 2)

: a fold formed when cloth is pulled together

gather

verb
gath·​er | \ ˈga-t͟hər How to pronounce gather (audio) \
gathered; gathering

Kids Definition of gather

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to pick up and collect They gathered wood for the fire.
2 : to choose and collect gather fruit I'm gathering facts for my report.
3 : to come together in a group or around a center of attraction A crowd gathered on the sidewalk.
4 : to gain little by little gather speed
5 : to bring or call forth (as strength or courage) from within
6 : to get an idea : conclude I gather you don't agree.
7 : to draw together in or as if in folds She gathered her cloak about her.

gather

noun

Kids Definition of gather (Entry 2 of 2)

: the result of gathering cloth : pucker
gath·​er | \ ˈgat͟h-ər, ˈget͟h- How to pronounce gather (audio) \
gathered; gathering\ -​(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce gathering (audio) \

Medical Definition of gather

: to swell and fill with pus the boil is gathering

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