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

As a result, the Water Authority has begun the process of gathering information so that our Board of Directors and all 24 of our member agencies -- and ratepayers in San Diego County -- have the information necessary to make informed decisions. J. Harry Jones, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Two North County districts contemplating exit from the San Diego County Water Authority," 5 June 2019 The Belgian appears likely to fall victim of the club's miserable season, with a move to Serie A gathering heat. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Man Utd Eye Haller, Atletico in for Alonso, Liverpool Want Etheridge & More," 5 June 2019 The girls scattered, gathering wood and old-man’s beard, a pale-green lichen that makes a good fire starter. Susan Shain, The Atlantic, "When Your Final Exam Is Surviving the Wilderness," 5 June 2019 The books in the shelves gather dust; the cocoa stays in the tin, the treetops go unviewed. Jennifer Weiner, latimes.com, "Jennifer Weiner created the perfect reading nook. No one used it.," 4 June 2019 These planets are still growing by gathering material from a surrounding disk. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Astronomers spy two growing exoplanets in photograph," 4 June 2019 In February, the United Methodist Church held a special session of the General Conference in St. Louis, where 864 delegates gathered from across the globe. Julie Compton, NBC News, "#Pride50: Karen Oliveto — United Methodist Church's first lesbian bishop," 3 June 2019 Each of the satellites carries a solar panel that not only gathers sunlight but also reflects it back to Earth. Shannon Hall, New York Times, "After SpaceX Starlink Launch, a Fear of Satellites That Outnumber All Visible Stars," 1 June 2019 The Black Hornet drone, set to deploy with infantry platoons and other units, will also allow troops to thoroughly reconnoiter an objective, gathering information about enemy forces, while staying hidden and preserving the element of surprise. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Putting Tiny 'Black Hornet' Drones in the Hands of Troops," 21 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sage grouse gather on the mating grounds at dawn for several weeks each spring. Washington Post, "Trump proposes easing oil, gas leasing restrictions in West," 2 May 2018 While the term intermittent fasting (or IF) may be new to many of us, the practice isn’t all that different from the way our ancestors likely lived: Hunt, gather, and eat during daylight; sleep and fast during darkness. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "What You Should Know About the 16:8 Diet Before You Start Fasting," 3 May 2019 This year's party, hosted last night at a stately private residence, saw editors, designers, models, and more gather to celebrate the [2018 Fashion Fund finalists[(/article/2018-cfda-vogue-fashion-fund-finalists). Jasmine Contomichalos, Vogue, "Hailey Bieber Played the Hostess with the Mostess at this Year's Americans in Paris Cocktail Party," 4 Mar. 2019 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

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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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