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

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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

Early environmental samples of 9/11 were taken from matter that was gathered in plastic cups from the ground. Caroline Lester, The New Yorker, "The Continuing Legacy of 9/11," 11 Sep. 2019 But the clams were sparse, and only about four pounds were gathered. Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "Large parts of the globe have already passed a crucial climate threshold," 11 Sep. 2019 Hubble data are often released to the public as soon as they are gathered, and in this case, that policy allowed Tsiaras and his co-workers to perform their study. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "Astronomers Find Water on an Exoplanet Twice the Size of Earth," 11 Sep. 2019 Data were gathered only from patients in the Egyptian Department of Lunacy. The Economist, "A global revolution in attitudes towards cannabis is under way," 29 Aug. 2019 Five men wearing gray hoodies with drawstrings pulled tightly to obscure their faces were gathered in front of Laguna Beach City Hall on Tuesday. Daily Pilot, "Realistic new sculptures of hooded men outside Laguna Beach City Hall draw mixed responses," 27 Aug. 2019 Information was gathered and a report of Criminal Mischief was generated. Houston Chronicle, "West University Place Police Department weekly report," 26 Aug. 2019 The story reenactments are shot in Knoxville, Tenn., while Kenda’s talking-head moments are gathered in a nondescript office building in the Springs, according to producers. John Wenzel, The Know, "Colorado Springs-based “Homicide Hunter” sets finale as Lt. Joe Kenda eyes next TV project," 25 Aug. 2019 As protestors marched in Hong Kong, Chinese authorities were gathered in nearby Shenzhen to discuss the situation. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Hong Kong protestors are attacking smart lampposts," 24 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For example, each week during the school year, small groups of students from seventh grade to seniors in high school gather in host homes. Bailey Basham, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana church brings family-focused values to Binford," 23 Aug. 2019 Luckily, the Rooftop at Pier 17 offers myriad options: Z100’s Summer Bash (Aug. 29) gathers such crossover acts as the d.j. Briana Younger, The New Yorker, "Fall Night-Life Preview," 16 Aug. 2019 The icy plumes form when water vapor in the air gathers and condenses on soot particles in aircraft engine exhaust. NBC News, "Do airplane contrails add to climate change? Yes, and the problem is about to get worse.," 28 July 2019 Trends will be ruffles, cute cutouts, scrunching, ruching, and gathers, rash guards and cover guards. Houston Chronicle, "These looks will let you feel and look cool under the sun," 27 June 2019 As Democratic presidential hopefuls gather this week for the first primary debates, all the buzz about health has been about Medicare-for-all. Jay Newton-small, Time, "The First 2020 Democratic Primary Debate Will Almost Certainly Skip A Key Healthcare Issue," 26 June 2019 In the movie, a group of elite-types gathers for the very first time at a remote Manor House to hunt humans for sport. Clark Collis, EW.com, "People are the prey in teaser for The Hunt starring Betty Gilpin," 12 July 2019 Doors will open prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church for a greet and gather of family and friends and after for food and refreshments. courant.com, "Carmela L. Murphy," 13 June 2019 While acknowledging the oversight, CLASH is pursuing potential legal action to force the city to still consider its legislation, and has gone back out to re-gather signatures for the March ballot. Brie Zeltner, cleveland.com, "CLASH responds to City Council’s proposed lead-safe legislation," 20 May 2019

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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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