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gather

verb gath·er \ ˈga-t͟hər also ˈge- \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of gather

gathered; gathering play \ˈgat͟h-riŋ, ˈga-t͟hə-\
transitive verb
1 : to bring together : collect
  • tried to gather a crowd
  • gathered firewood
2 a : 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
5 a : 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
7 a : 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
1 a : to come together in a body
b : to cluster around a focus of attraction
2 a : to swell and fill with pus
b : grow, increase
  • the gathering crisis

gatherer

play \ˈga-t͟hər-ər also ˈge-\ noun

Examples of gather in a Sentence

  1. Give me just a minute to gather my things and then we can leave.

  2. The coach gathered her players together.

  3. She gathered her hair into a ponytail.

  4. The child was gathering flowers to give to his mother.

  5. The police are continuing to gather evidence relating to the crime.

  6. Volunteers have been gathering contributions for the new library.

  7. A crowd began to gather on the sidewalk.

  8. The players gathered together to hear the coach's game plan.

  9. The bicyclists gathered speed as they went downhill.

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Origin and Etymology of gather

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

Synonym Discussion of gather

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


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gather

noun

Definition of gather

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

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Origin and Etymology of gather

derivative of 1gather

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GATHER Defined for English Language Learners

gather

verb

Definition of gather for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of gather for English Language Learners

  • : a fold formed when cloth is pulled together


GATHER Defined for Kids

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gather

verb gath·er \ ˈga-t͟hər \

Definition of gather for Students

gathered; gathering
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.

Synonym Discussion of gather

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.

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gather

noun

Definition of gather for Students

: the result of gathering cloth : pucker

Medical Dictionary

gather

intransitive verb gath·er \ ˈgat͟h-ər, ˈget͟h- \

medical Definition of gather

gathered; gathering play \-(ə-)riŋ\
: to swell and fill with pus
  • the boil is gathering


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